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Town and District Council Elections - May 2nd 2019
Are you registered to Vote?
In order to vote at the forthcoming Town and District Council elections, you will need to be registered on the Electoral roll.
If you are registered, you will receive a card through the post before polling day. The card will give you details of the polling station that you need to attend to cast your vote. You can register online at your new address at www.gov.uk/registertovote or alternatively contact Bolsover District Council for a printed form. Once an election has been called and you find out that you are not currently registered you can apply to register up to 12 days before the election.
Anyone included in the Register of Electors may apply for a postal vote (47kb). If you know that you will not be able to vote in person, you should apply for a postal vote as soon as an election is announced or as soon as you become aware that you will be out of the country on polling day. Postal votes can be sent to an address outside the UK - for example if you are going on holiday - but please remember that it will take time to get there and for you to return it in time for the vote to be counted.
Postal ballot papers are normally sent out a week or two before polling day (depending on when you send in your postal voting application), so if you will not be at home around that time you should consider appointing a proxy to vote on your behalf.
You may still be able to vote even if you are unable to get to your polling station on election day by applying for a proxy vote (17kb). (A proxy is someone who votes on your behalf). For example:
- If you will be away on holiday (in the UK or abroad)
- If your work takes you away from home
- If you are ill or in hospital
Thinking of standing for election?
The next Council Elections will take place on Thursday 2 May 2019. The Election Process is managed by Electoral Services Team at Bolsover District Council.
The national association of local Councils have published 'All about local Councils' which is a useful guide to explain what local councils do.
They are holding a briefing session for prospective election candidates for the forthcoming local elections (District and Parish) in May 2019.
The briefing session will take place at 6pm on Wednesday 20 February 2019 in the Council Chamber at the District Council's offices at the Arc in Clowne and will last approximately one hour. There will be a further briefing session to be held in March 2019.
The briefing will be hosted by the Returning Officer, Dan Swaine and will cover the nomination process, key dates of the election timetable, the election campaign, polling day and arrangements for the verification and count of the votes.
The briefing is open to all candidates and agents. It will be relevant to both first time candidates and those standing again who require a refresh on the process.
All potential candidates and elections agents are welcome to attend but are asked to contact the Electoral Services Team to register their interest either by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org or by telephone on 01246 242422.
Nomination Forms are issued by Bolsover District Council.
19-26 March - Start of Election Process with Notice of Election
3 April (4pm) - Deadline for nominations
4 April (4pm) - Statement of persons nominated published
24 April - Publications of statements of persons nominated.
2 May - Date of Election
14 May (6.45pm) - First meeting - Annual Council meeting.
Following the election taking place Councillors officially retire on the 4th day after the election and new Councillors take office the same day. The only exception to this is the Chair and Vice Chair who remain in office until their successor is elected at the first meeting after the election.
Useful website links
Electoral Commission - www.electoralcommission.org.uk
Bolsover District Council - Electoral Services Team webpage
The Town Hall is an old building which is physically difficult to adapt to meet the needs of everyone who may wish to use our services.
If you have accessibility needs and would like to visit the Town Hall to discuss any matter or attend a Council meeting, please contact us by phone on 01246 823809 or email us to discuss how we can make adjustments to accommodate you whilst you are here.
- Notice of Conclusion of Audit (PDF, 248 Kb)
Notice of Conclusion of Audit for year ending 31 March 2018
Copies of the Annnual Governance Statement, Accounting statement and External audit report are availble for download from the website. Printed copies are available on request. A nominal charge of £1.00 is made to cover printing and admin costs.
- Annual Governance and Accounting Statement (PDF, 1 Mb)
Annual Governance Statement approved by the Council on 12 June 2018 and Accounting Statements for 2017/18
- External Auditor Report and Certificate 2017 2018 (PDF, 275 Kb)
External Auditor Report and Certificate 2017 2018.
The external auditor, PKF Littlejohn LLP, completed the audit on 16 September 2018. The auditor is selected independently by the Smaller Authorities' Audit Appointments (SAAA)
SAAA is the sector led company appointed by the then Department of Communities and Local Government (now Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government) as the 'specified person' to procure and appoint external auditors to smaller authorities, perform the functions set out in the relevant legislation, and to manage the ongoing audit contracts awarded for the 5 year period commencing 1 April 2017.
- Notice of Public Rights 2017 2018 (PDF, 1.5 Mb)
Bolsover was granted a market town charter almost 800 years ago by Henry III and markets are still held here on Tuesdays and Fridays. The Town Council is responsible for the area's parks, cemetery, allotment gardens and community halls. The Council meets on the second Tuesday of each month at 6.45pm. Members of the public are welcome to attend and give their views.
The area has a rich and varied history with the first reference appearing in the Domesday book of 1086. The town centre has been designated a conservation area in recognition of its special and architectural interest and there are 21 grade listed 1 or 2 buildings there. It also boasts Bolsover Castle, flagship English Heritage site in the East Midlands.
The primary role of the town is a local centre for Bolsover and the surrounding villages of Carr Vale, Shuttlewood, Stanfree, Bentinck and Whaley for which the Town Council provides various services. The town has a range of shops, offices and facilities for local people as well as the Assembly and Bainbridge Halls which provide up to date facilities for the community.
The town is well served by free car parks. The Town Hall can be found on Cotton Street with parking located close by. Junction 29A of the M1 now provides direct access to the town.