Becoming a Councillor

Vacancies for council occur every four years when all councillors stand down. Elections were due to take place in May 2020, but the Government announced that they would be delayed until 2021 due to the growing concerns about Covid-19 at that time. The next elections will take place on 6th May 2021.

Notification of the date will be on this website and on Stroud District Council's Election Pages. Between these dates vacancies can occur if a councillor is no longer able to carry on on the council. When this happens details of the vacancy will be posted on Council notice boards and on this website. 

From the time that the vacancy is announced electors can ask for an election to be held. Then potential candidates have until the close of nominations to be nominated, The close of nominations is 12 noon on the nineteenth working day before the poll. There is a wealth of useful information about the electoral process on the Electoral Commission webpages. NTC will add further pages to this section of the site to help inform potential candidates about the election process and the requirements of the candidates. 

Nailsworth Town Council is a democratic body and in order for it to stay that way it is important that local residents consider whether they could serve on the council. Existing councillors will be happy to speak to anyone who is interested in standing, about the proceedures and workload. Being a councillor is rewarding and responsible and whilst it does require a time commitment it does not need to be onerous.

If there are the same number of candidates as seats the candidate(s) will be returned unopposed. If nobody comes forward for election the Council will look to co-opt someone.