Following the resignation of Councillor Lewis Forsyth, there is now a vacancy on Keswick Town Council. The main elections are only six months away in May 2023, so we now can co-opt a new Councillor.
This gives an opportunity for someone who has been curious about how the Town Council works to come on and get that experience, but know that it is only for a limited period of time. One of the most important parts of becoming a Town Councillor is that you can represent the people of Keswick with things like planning applications, but by becoming a Town Councillor, you are also a Trustee of Keswick Parks (both Fitz and Hope Parks), and have a direct input into the running of the parks.
If you are interested in applying for co-option, go to our website (www.keswicktowncouncil.gov.uk/news) where you will find information and a form to fill in. Return the form to the office by Thursday 8 December, and the current Councillors will look at it ahead of the December meeting. Applicants are asked to come along to the December Town Council meeting (Thursday 15 December 2022, at 7pm in the Council Chamber, Town Hall) and give a short presentation on what they feel they can bring to Keswick Town Council. The current Councillors will then vote on who they would like to join as Keswick Town Councillor, and once that decision is made, the successful candidate will sign a declaration of office, and immediately become a new Councillor. We will send all the agenda paperwork to anyone who has put their name forward to read ahead of the meeting.
There are some criteria you have to meet to become a Town Councillor. You must be:
- on the electoral register anywhere within the parish; or
- have lived in or within 3 miles of the parish boundary for the previous 12 months; or
- own, rent, occupy or otherwise has right of occupation of land in the parish; or
- work in the parish.
You can live anywhere in Keswick, but the people who propose and second you must come from the East Ward in Keswick. We can help to find out which streets this includes.
If you want to find out more, contact Vivien Little, the Town Clerk on 017687 76307 or email at email@example.com