Bins not been emptied? We do apologise, but due to changes to our waste collection services the crews are finding they are not able to make it to some properties on the right day. We are working to address this. If your bin hasn't been emptied, check our webpage to see if you live in an area we know about and, if so, please just leave your bin out. You do not need to report it to us. We are doing everything we can to return to your property in the following day or two. You can also find out more about the changes to our bin collections and check your bin day with our online calendar.
How to become a councillor
How does the vacancy process begin?
We advertise all councillor vacancies. An election is called once we receive a request for an election to be held which is signed by two registered electors of Allerdale.
The election must be held within 35 days (excluding bank holidays & weekends) from the date the election was called.
How do I stand in an election and who is eligible?
After the notice of election is published contact us to request a nomination pack.
There are certain things you must qualify under in order to make your nomination valid, you can stand to be a councillor if:
- You are 18 years old or older on Election day.
- You are a British, Commonwealth or Irish Citizen of another Member State of the European Union.
- You are registered as a voter in the Borough of Allerdale OR
- You are the owner or tenant of any land or premises in the Borough OR
- Your principal or only place of work for the past 12 months or more has been in the Borough of Allerdale OR
- You have lived in the Borough of Allerdale for the past 12 months
You cannot stand for election if:
- You work for a Local Authority or hold a politically restricted post
- Are an undischarged bankrupt
- Have been sentenced to a term of imprisonment in the past 5 years
- Have been disqualified under any enactment relating to corrupt illegal practices
Once you are certain you qualify you must have your nomination paper signed by a proposer, a seconder and eight other assentors, each of these must live in the Ward you are putting up for.
What to do if you want to stand for a political party
If you wish to stand for a registered political party you must be authorised to do so and authorised to use their party logo, if not you would have to stand as Independent.
When would a contested election be called?
If we receive more valid nominations than there are vacancies then we would proceed with an election, if not you will automatically be elected as a councillor.
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