Last call for would-be councillors

Somerset County Council

Press Release

Would-be County Councillors have just one week left to put themselves forward for Somerset County Council elections in May.

The deadline for nominations is 4pm on Tuesday, 4 April and there are 55 seats available to be filled when the county goes to the ballot box on 4 May.

 Each seat is a chance to make a real difference to the local community and get involved in the huge range of services provided by the Council. The authority is urging passionate people who want to make difference to come forward and stand for election.

 “Becoming a councilor is a really rewarding way to make a difference to your local community, said a spokesperson for Somerset County Council.

 “You will be in a position to influence council decisions and push for changes that can improve people’s daily lives.We encourage everyone who is interested, to stand in the May elections. With one week left to sign up, make sure you don’t miss out on the chance to get involved.”

“Councillors are the voice of their local community. You don’t have to belong to a political party to stand or have previous councillor experience. Compassion for others is a great start.”

 In return for their work with local communities and attending meetings and events, councillors receive allowances and are offered support and training to help them in their role. 

More information can also be found on the Council’s website at

For full information on qualifications and disqualifications on standing see The Electoral Commission website –



Call for voters in Sedgemoor to register in time for the elections in May

With local elections for Somerset County Council taking place in just a few weeks, voters in Sedgemoor are being urged to make sure they are registered to vote and are able to take part on polling day, Thursday 4 May.

The call for voters to sign up comes as the Electoral Commission launches a national voter registration campaign to encourage as many people as possible to register ahead of elections taking place this year across the country.

 Sedgemoor District Council are now also reminding voters in Sedgemoor that they need to register by the deadline of Thursday 13 April otherwise they won’t be able to take part in the Somerset County Council elections on May 4th.  It’s quick and easy to register, but after the deadline of 13 April, it will be too late.”

Emma Hartley, Head of Campaigns at the Electoral Commission said: “Our research shows that young people, students and recent home movers are particularly less likely to be registered to vote. So if you have moved house recently, then make sure you’re registered correctly. If you’re not registered, you won’t be able to have your say on issues that directly affect your day-to-day life in Somerset.”

To register to vote, visit before Thursday 13 April.

Coffee and Shop Thursdays

Starting on 19th January 2017  ‘Coffee & Shop Thursdays’ are being held at Hill House every Thursday from 9.00am to 12.00pm for the local community, where there will obviously be coffee, tea & cakes available and also the tuck and gift shop will be open.  Please see  Poster for more details.

Happy New Year to all our viewers

We wish you a very Happy and Healthy New Year.

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