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Is it the state of the local park, the need for more activities for young people, improving services for older people, making the roads safer or ensuring that local businesses can thrive?
Whatever needs changing in your neighbourhood, you could be just the person to change it by becoming a local councillor.
No other role gives you a chance to make such a huge difference to quality of life for people in your local area.
As a Councillor you will be the voice of your constituents, with the opportunity to shape the future direction of Preston and be an ambassador for the Council. You will also have the opportunity to help and support your local constituents on a variety of issues including:
Although the majority of candidates for these elections stand as representatives of political parties, there are no formal qualifications needed to become a councillor. However you must be:
You must also meet at least one of the following four qualifications:
A person cannot become a councillor if they:
So you have decided you want to take it further and put yourself forward as a candidate. You now need to decide whether you want to represent a political party or stand as an independent candidate.
If you want to represent a political party then the next step would be to get involved with the local party as soon as possible. The group leader information can be found below on this page.
If you are thinking of standing as an independent candidate you can contact Electoral Services on the details below, who will give advice on the next election and any questions you may have.
The national 'Be A Councillor' website provides information for anyone thinking of becoming a Councillor, including personal profiles and useful resources.
If you wish to know more about how to stand for election as an Independent Councillor, please contact Electoral Services on firstname.lastname@example.org or call 01772 906908.
However, if you would like to be a Councillor under the banner of a political party such as Labour, Conservative or Liberal Democrat, please contact the relevant Group Leaders below for more information:
Councillor Peter Rankin
67A Garden Walk
Email - email@example.com
Telephone - 07837 646192
Councillor Neil Cartwright
112 Victoria Road
Email - firstname.lastname@example.org
Telephone - 01772 719694
Councillor Mrs Pauline Brown
66 New Rough Hey
Email - email@example.com
Telephone - 01772 769987