Nominations for the up-coming elections for Bicester Town Council will open on Wednesday. (March 27)
All 15 seats are up for election and prospective councillors can submit nomination papers to Cherwell District Council from Wednesday, March 27, to Wednesday, April 3, week days only, between 10am and 4pm.
The final date for people to hand in a nomination form is April 3, at 4pm.
This year the town council’s boundaries have changed. The former five wards have been split into four wards, now known as Bicester East, Bicester South, Bicester North and Bicester West.
Elections are held every four years and in order to stand people must be aged 18 or over, a British or European citizen, or eligible Commonwealth citizen, and live or work in the local area.
Town councillors look after a budget of over a million pounds and influence decisions about issues including open spaces, allotments, the cemetery and events in Bicester.
Chief Officer Samantha Shippen said: “The first stage of the election process will commence on Tuesday 26th March 2019, when Cherwell District Council, the body responsible for elections, will publish the notice of election.
“The notice will be placed on the Bicester Town Council website and noticeboard.
“We would invite anyone interested in standing as a local councillor to look at the breadth of information available on our website and Cherwell District Council’s website.”
Nomination papers must be delivered by hand to the Cherwell council’s offices at Bodicote House, Bodicote, Banbury, OX15 4AA. People can also call ahead to make an appointment on 01295 221534.
A full list of candidates for each ward will be published as soon as possible after nominations close. Elections will take place on Thursday, May 2.
Nomination papers and further information is available from Cherwell District Council or the Electoral Commission, view https://www.cherwell.gov.uk/info/11/elections/497/elections-2018