Still time to stand for election to the new Lowestoft and Oulton Broad Parish Councils
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Members of the community, who are passionate about their area, are being asked to make a difference and stand for election to the new Lowestoft and Oulton Broad Parish Councils.
The first elections to the councils will be held on May 4 and it is the councillors who will provide a democratic voice - taking action and pushing for change and improvements.
It is important for town and parish councils that local people stand as candidates to ensure the council is made up of people who truly understand the issues and priorities for the area.
Councillor Colin Law, Leader of Waveney District Council said: 'Nobody cares more about or is better informed about their community than the community itself. If you are passionate about your local area, you're the right person for the job!
'It is essential for town and parish councils that local people stand as candidates to ensure that the council is made up of people who truly understand the issues and priorities for the area.'
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He added: 'The best town and parish councils are made up of a diverse range of local people, each bringing to the council their own life experiences and their own passion for the local area.
'The new councils will bring local organisations and people together to address community ambitions and needs. We want people with motivation and local knowledge to deliver improvements and make a real difference'.
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Councillors that are elected on May 4 will be in post for two years until the scheduled local elections in May 2019.
From this point the elections will take place every four years in line with the other town/parish council elections and district council elections in Waveney.
New councillors receive full training and support in their roles and each new council would be supported by a Town or Parish Clerk. No experience is required.
The deadline to stand as a candidate for election in Lowestoft or Oulton Broad is April 4.
To stand for election each candidate is required to submit a nomination paper.
Full details can be found at www.eastsuffolk.gov.uk/newparishes or by calling 01502 523213.