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Every four years Parish Councillors are required to stand down and then, if they wish, stand for re-election; this is when other residents can also stand. The past four year tenure is almost up and during March, April and May 2019 the election process will be followed. Nomination papers will be available from late February/early March and can be obtained from your local Parish Clerk. These have to be hand delivered to West Suffolk Council (WSC) by 4.00pm on 3rd April; no posting, faxing or e-mailing is permitted.

Once the nominations deadline passes,  WSC will then assess how many nominations they have received for each Parish Council. If there are the same or fewer nominations as the number of seats, these candidates will automatically be elected without a poll being taken. Where there are more candidates than there are seats, then a poll must be held. For example, within Red Lodge Parish Council there are 9 seats on the Council. If there are 9 or fewer candidates then these people will automatically be elected to office. If there are 10 or more candidates then there will be a poll. Any polls will be held on 2nd May, alongside the District Council elections.

If you are interested in being a Parish Councillor there are eligibility criteria (set by national legislation):

Candidates MUST be over 18 and MUST be either a British or Irish Citizen or a citizen of a member state of the EC (this may change after 29th March!). In addition, Candidates MUST then qualify in one (or more) of the following ways:

  • Be on the electoral register for the parish, or
  • In the whole of the last 12 months:
    • Occupied land/premises or
    • Resided in the parish or within 4.8KM of it or
    • Had their principle place of work in the area

Unfortunately, if you are an employee of the Parish Council, subject of bankruptcy orders, have been convicted of a criminal offence in the past 5 years, been imprisoned for not less than 3 months or been found guilty of illegal and corrupt practices, then you are not eligible to stand.

In the event of a ‘Contested Election’ (i.e. where it is necessary to hold a poll) candidates are very welcome to campaign and produce material about themselves to win-over voters. However, there are strict rules around this and any candidate who feels this is necessary should consult their local Parish Clerk for the guidelines.

So, are you up for a challenge? If you are, please feel free to contact the Parish Council Clerk who can give you further information and assistance.



Skate Park Project

12 September 2012

It was agreed at the meeting of Red Lodge Parish Council held on Tuesday 11th September 2012 that the proposed site to take forward for the skate park project is the area of rough grass near to the basket ball court. It has been agreed that the approximate area of the proposed skate park will be marked out with white paint to enable members of the public to visit the site. The Council has asked for members of the public to feedback their comments and views either by formal letter to the Parish Council at the Parish Office or by email to redlodgepc@hotmail.co.uk . All responses to be received by 20th November 2012.

The Parish Council will then hold an Extraordinary General Meeting to discuss the skate park at the Sports Pavilion on Tuesday 27 November 2012 at 7pm when members of the public will be welcome to come and comment.

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Making a clean sweep

11 September 2012

WITH SUMMER nights drawing to a close, residents are being urged to prepare for the cold winter months ahead during Chimney Fire Safety Week.

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Theatre Bus

28 August 2012

Simply call the Box Office and book your Theatrebus package on

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Five bid for Suffolk highways contract

25 August 2012

FIVE bidders have successfully made it through to the next stage of the process to decide who will maintain Suffolk’s roads in the future.

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Suffolk set to Sort and Save

25 August 2012

3000 ‘Sort and Save’ bags will be given away at Household Waste Recycling Centres (HWRCs) across Suffolk to help people organise their recycling with added ease.

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Olympic Summer Reading Challenge begins

1 August 2012

This year’s Summer Reading Challenge is off to a great start with over 4000 children signed up already, it’s set to be a big success.

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New chapter for Suffolk’s libraries

1 August 2012

LIBRARY SERVICES in Suffolk will enter a new era tomorrow, as responsibility for their day to day running transfers from Suffolk County Council to Suffolk’s Libraries IPS (IPS).

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