Thinking of standing for election in May 2021?

Do you have approximately 3 hours + a week spare to volunteer as a parish councillor in Pitstone? (this is an unpaid role). To find out more about what powers are vested in parish councils (such as playgrounds, youth work and allotments), what sort of projects we liaise with Buckinghamshire or Hertfordshire Council on (where powers are vested in that tier of Government, such as highways or education) and the charities that you would also become a legal trustee of in your role as councillor for Pitstone, please visit this link: https://pitstone.co.uk/ppcnews/calling-all-community-heroes-become-a-parish-councillor-elections-in-may-2021/

To express an interest in joining Pitstone Parish Council, please contact the parish clerk on parishclerk@pitstone.co.uk and we will provide a full information pack for you. We anticipate the Notice of Election being issued by Buckinghamshire Council on 22 March and candidates will need to submit their nominations to The Gatehouse in Aylesbury by 8 April 2021.

If you would like to find out more about the nomination & election process for candidates, Buckinghamshire Council are holding a Teams briefing for candidates on 10 March at 4pm, details below:

Following the Government’s postponement of last year’s May elections due to the COVID pandemic, the Government has now confirmed that elections will take place on 6 May 2021. Within Buckinghamshire, polls for the Thames Valley Police and Crime Commissioner, Buckinghamshire Council and Town & Parish Councils will take place on 6 May. There will also be two Neighbourhood Planning Referendums taking place on that day also. One for Ickford and another for Great and Little Kimble-cum-Marsh.  

Briefings for candidates & agents have now been set up by the (Local) Returning Officer. To make these as accessible and COVID secure as possible the briefings will take place virtually via Teams. This is the same platform that the Council has successfully used for virtual Council meetings. The link to join the meeting as at the bottom of this email. A guide for joining a Teams meeting is available here.   These briefings will provide for a presentation on the election timetable, nominations process, current planned verification and count arrangements, and general rules that will apply to the election, and will also include key changes to this year’s elections necessary to ensure the election is carried out in a COVID secure way. This will also include changes recently announced by the Government on the nominations process. It is anticipated that this will take a maximum of one hour.  

The Council now has a single electoral registration team. Due to the scale of the 6 May elections in Buckinghamshire, and to facilitate the COVID secure delivery of elections, the elections will be administered via three election area offices. The Buckinghamshire Council Unitary wards and Town & Parish Councils within the former Wycombe area will be administered by the Wycombe area office (Queen Victoria Road). The Buckinghamshire Council Unitary wards and Town & Parish Councils within the former Aylesbury Vale area will be administered by the Aylesbury area office (The Gateway). The Buckinghamshire Council Unitary Wards and Town & Parish Councils within the former Chiltern & South Bucks area will be administered by the Amersham area office (King George V House).   To this end, candidate & agents briefings have been set up for each of the three areas and candidates & agents are asked to attend a briefing that relates to the Ward that they will be standing in. You only need to attend one briefing.  

The following Wards for the Buckinghamshire Council election will be administered within the Aylesbury Vale Area Election Office (The Gateway, Gatehouse Road, Aylesbury HP19 8FF):   Aston Clinton & Bierton Aylesbury East Aylesbury North Aylesbury North West Aylesbury South East Aylesbury South West Aylesbury West Bernwood Buckingham East Buckingham West Great Brickhill Grendon Underwood Ivinghoe Stone & Waddesdon Wendover Halton & Stoke Mandeville Wing Winslow   The Briefing for these Wards will take place on: Wednesday 10 March 4pm   Microsoft Teams meeting Join on your computer or mobile appClick here to join the meetingOr call in (audio only)+44 1296 794005,,14112299#   United Kingdom, Aylesbury Phone Conference ID: 141 122 99# Find a local number | Reset PIN   Should you have any questions or queries on these Wards or the Briefings, the electoral registration team can be contacted at: elections@buckinghamshire.gov.uk; or 01494 421180 / 01895 837236 / 01296 585701

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