Stand as a Councillor
Am I qualified to be a Councillor?
To be a Town Councillor you have to be:
a British subject, or a citizen of the Commonwealth or the European Union; and
- on the “relevant date” (i.e. the day on which you are nominated or if there is a poll the day of the election) 18 years of age or over;
- on the “relevant day” you must either:
* be included on the electoral register for Helston;
* or have during the whole of the 12 months preceding that day occupied as owner or tenant any land or other premises in Helston;
* or have during that same period had your principal or only place of work in Helston;
* or during that 12 month period resided in Helston or within 3 miles of it.
You cannot stand for election if you:
- are subject of a bankruptcy restriction order or interim order
- have, within five years before the day of the election, been convicted in the United Kingdom of any offence and have had a sentence of imprisonment (whether suspended or not) for a period of over three months without the option of a fine.
- work for the council you want to become a councillor for (but you can work for other Local Authorities, including the Principal Authorities that represent the same area).
How do I stand as a Councillor?
Helston has three wards and a total of 12 Councillors who serve on Helston Town Council. These are made up as follows:
Helston North Ward 5 Members
(Coloured green on the map below)
Helston South Ward 5 Members
(Coloured pink on the map below)
Helston West Ward 2 Members
(Coloured blue on the map below)
You can also look up your address on Cornwall Council's Interactive map by clicking here to find out which ward you are in.
To stand as a Councillor you need to complete a Candidate Nomination Paper and must be nominated by ten people who are included on the Electoral Register from the specific Ward you wish to stand for.
Candidate information packs (containing the required forms and guidance on the election process) will be available from the Cornwall Council Electoral Services office in St Austell. If you wish to be a candidate in the election, please contact Cornwall Council to request an information pack as soon as possible at the following address:
St Austell One Stop Shop
39 Penwinnick Road
Tel: 0300 123 1115
Completed nomination papers must be returned to Cornwall Council by no later than 4pm on Friday 4th April 2017. Please click here for further information on the locations and times that nomination papers can be returned.
Information with people
with Learning Disabilities
Mencap have produced a series of easy read guides to tell you everything you need to know about voting, registering to vote and supporting someone else to vote. All of the guides are available to download for free from their website - https://www.mencap.org.uk/voting-and-registering-vote.
The guides include:
• Guide to registering to vote
• The importance of voting
• Voting at a Polling Station
Help for disabled people
If you are disabled, you may be able to vote by post or by proxy.
If you are partially sighted and choose to vote in person, the polling station must display a large print version of the ballot paper to assist you. If you are blind or partially sighted the polling station must also provide a device to enable you to fill in your ballot papers without any need for assistance from anyone else.
If you are physically disabled or unable to read, you may take a companion to help you complete the ballot form and put it in the ballot box. Your companion must be aged 18 or over and be entitled to vote, and must make a written declaration to this effect.
Your companion cannot help more than one disabled voter to vote at that election. The presiding officer has to be satisfied that you need the help of a companion in order to vote.
Alternatively, you can ask the presiding officer to mark the ballot paper on your behalf.
The Electoral Commission have produced a fact sheet which can be viewed here.
If you are interested in becoming a Councillor you may find the following information of interest.