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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.



Half Term Activities at the Pavilion

23 January 2012

There will be activities for kids held at the Pavilion during Half Term week from Monday 13th to Friday 17th February 2012.

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‘No-Cold-Calling Zones

17 January 2012

The ongoing crackdown on rogue traders and uninvited doorstep sellers in Suffolk has continued with the launch of the county’s latest No-Cold-Calling Zone in Felixstowe.

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Broadband for Suffolk

17 January 2012

The government is now running a national procurement process to select the companies who can do the work to deliver the broadband coverage.   Once completed, we in Suffolk will run our own local competition to choose one of these companies.   This is likely to take place in the first half of 2012, with implementation starting next autumn.

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Suffolk people urged to show support for better broadband

11 January 2012

PEOPLE who live, work and shop in Suffolk are being urged to show their support for the Better Broadband for Suffolk campaign.

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Fake Microsoft Engineers strike in Suffolk

6 January 2012

Suffolk Trading Standards is warning residents to be extra vigilant following telephone calls from people falsely claiming to be Microsoft computer security engineers.

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Suffolk signs up to heritage crime initiative

4 January 2012

Suffolk County Council has signed up to a new initiative to tackle heritage crime and stop thieves and vandals from destroying or damaging precious ancient monuments and historic buildings.

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Kick Boxing/Self Defence Classes to start at Sports Pavilion

1 January 2012

A  kickboxing /self defence class will start at Red Lodge Sports Pavilion on  Monday 16th  January 2012.

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Give, Receive and Recycle this Christmas!

24 December 2011

Nearly all of us will have extra waste to deal with at Christmas time, so please remember to recycle as much as you can rather than giving to landfill. Suffolk residents recycled 500 tonnes more in January than in December last year (the equivalent of an extra 76,000 recycling bins!), making it the highest month for recycling.

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