HOW TO BECOME A COUNCILLOR?
Local councils can only be as helpful, connected and energetic as the people elected to run them, so we need councillors capable, enthusiastic and engaged to reflect their communities. You can find out more about becoming a councillor on The Electoral Commission and Local Government Association website.
There are six simple steps to becoming a councillor:
- Check for elections in your area by emailing your elections officer
- Submit your nomination to the returning officer — find out more about the process and the criteria
- Wait for your nomination to be accepted
- Your nomination is made public by the principal authority
- Start your elections campaign
- Polling day
Over the years Ludgershall Town Council has brought to Ludgershall many amenities such as, FREE public toilets and car park, the Recreation ground with gym equipment and 2 play parks, one of which has recently become a more inclusive site. We also provide and upkeep 2 allotments, a Town Cemetery and multiple gardens including working with other local groups and businesses within the town to update the Rose Garden to the Centenary Garden. LTC listened to the youth of Ludgershall when building the skatepark and now we are looking into expanding this facility, so if you feel passionate about this subject then why not come and join us or at least send in some ideas.
LTC also prides itself, in more recent years, to providing many well organised and run events for example, Free Easter disco for the Children of Ludgershall, Ludgershall in Bloom (which creates pride and a beautiful walk around the town), Litter Picks, Summer Fete with all the fun of a village fete but so much bigger, Christmas Fayre & light Switch on and not forgetting Santa and his helpers visiting the streets of Ludgershall and Perham Down. Other Civic events such as Remembrance Sunday and 26 Engineers Freedom marches have been a great hit with the residents of Ludgershall. Looking forward and away from ‘Lockdown’, 2022 signals another Jubilee for the Queen, in the beginning of June the government have rearranged bank holidays to give us a long weekend to celebrate and suffice it to say Ludgershall will be celebrating!
LTC have also supported many local groups with Grants such as; St James Church to help with the church yard, Memorial Hall to help with maintenance, Health Services Support (St James/Holy Trinity & Hedges Pharmacy) which set up at the beginning of ‘lockdown’ and volunteers delivered prescriptions, drove patients to hospital, paid for items if needed in an emergency. Further grants have been given to the Sunset Club to help with their Christmas Party, the Garden Club to help stage their awards days, funds towards the Standard for when the RBL opened in Ludgershall, Friends of Ludgershall when they first set up and numerous other small concerns. LTC has also supported Castledown FM for many years.
Projects going forward, apart from expanding the skatepark and the Queens Jubilee, LTC are looking at forming a Town Plan, which will look at what Ludgershall want/need. During the start of these talks the following issues have been mentioned, Tree Charter, Climate Change and what Ludgershall can do to become greener, youth activities, a better infrastructure and a lot more.
So if you are interested and want to have a say, why not become a councillor.
Please see the FAQ’s for eligibility.