Voters set to choose their councillors

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Voters across the district are set to choose who will represent them on Canterbury City Council for the next four years.

Following the publication today (Friday 15 March) of the Notice of Election, residents will go to the polls on Thursday 2 May to select all 39 of their city councillors.

At the same time, those living in parishes will be able to vote for their parish councillors where seats on their council are contested. And residents in Hersden will be able to elect councillors for the newly-formed Hersden Parish Council for the very first time.

Colin Carmichael, Returning Officer and Canterbury City Council Chief Executive, said: “This is the chance for voters to directly influence the direction of the council and its priorities over the next four years. That means it is vitally important for people to register to vote if they haven’t already.

“It is also an opportunity for those who have always thought about becoming city or parish councillors to get themselves nominated and on to the ballot paper.”

Canterbury City Council is responsible for delivering a wide range of services including:

  • Waste collection
  • Street cleaning
  • Off-street car parks
  • Enforcement around issues like dog fouling, graffiti, litter, flytipping and illegal parking
  • Housing and homelessness
  • Environmental health
  • Licensing
  • Planning
  • Regeneration and supporting business
  • Promoting tourism
  • Protecting the coastline
  • Whitstable Harbour
  • Museums, the King’s Hall, Tower House
  • Leisure centres
  • Parks and gardens
  • Cemeteries

The deadline for registering to vote is midnight on Friday 12 April.

Applications for, amendments to or cancellations of postal votes, and amendments to or cancellations of proxy votes, where you give someone permission to cast your vote on your behalf, must reach the Electoral Registration Officer at the council’s offices in Military Road, Canterbury, by 5pm on Monday 15 April.

New applications to vote by proxy at this election must reach the Electoral Registration Officer by 5pm on Wednesday 24 April.

For any queries on postal or proxy votes, contact the council’s Elections team on 01227 862007 or email electoral.services@canterbury.gov.uk. Application forms can be also downloaded from the Your Vote Matters website.

For those wishing to stand for election, nomination papers can be obtained from the Returning Officer at the council’s offices in Military Road, Canterbury. Nomination papers should be delivered to the Returning Officer in Military Road, Monday to Friday, from 10am to 4pm, up until 4pm on Wednesday 3 April.

The Notice of Election for Canterbury City Council outlines the council’s wards (the area each councillor or group of councillors represents), and how many councillors will be elected to each.

The Notice of Election for parish councillors outlines the district’s parish councils and how many councillors there are in each.