Would you like to be a city councillor?


People who are interested in becoming a city councillor are being invited to a prospective councillor event on Thursday 6 September.

The event takes place at the Guildhall in Canterbury starting at 6.15pm and is expected to last around 90 minutes.

The next city council election takes place on 2 May 2019 when all 39 seats will be contested. The prospective councillor evening will explain the process involved in standing for election, what the council does and what life is really like as a councillor.

Councillors come from all walks of life, age groups and backgrounds and play a key role in shaping the district, from deciding planning applications and pub opening hours, through to setting council tax and parking charges, as well as representing voters in their ward.

Chief Executive Colin Carmichael said: “Canterbury district is a great place to live and becoming a councillor will mean you can help shape its future. You don’t need to be a member of a political party to stand, as thousands of councillors up and down the country are not – so whether you are a member of a political party or not, this could be of interest to you.

“And even if you have already decided to stand for election, this session will give you plenty of information about how the election works, and what will happen if you are elected.

“We see plenty of people making lots of noise on social media these days, and it would be great to see that passion and enthusiasm transferring into the council chamber.”

For more information or to confirm attendance at the prospective councillor event, email democracy@canterbury.gov.uk or call 01227 862594.

Information about becoming a parish councillor in May 2019 will be available in due course.

Find out more about life as a councillor.