Do you want to be a councillor in Wealden?

Wealden District Council, Hailsham
Wealden District Council, Hailsham

If you are interested in becoming a Wealden District councillor you must signal your intention to stand by the beginning of April.

All 55 seats on Wealden District Council are up for election on May 7 as well as many of the seats on local town and parish councils.

The district council said to qualify you must be a British, Irish or Commonwealth citizen, or citizen of another EU state and be aged over 18.

You must also be on the Register of Electors for Wealden District or have lived or worked in the district for 12 months before nomination.

Many councillors have already been involved in various community projects and local organisations and find representing their community at district level a meaningful next step, the council said.

If you are thinking of standing this year to become a local councillor, you have to make your mind up by the beginning of April. Nominations close at 4pm on April 9.

Wealden District Council has produced a short video and booklet to explain more about what it means to become a local councillor.

The video includes interviews with some of Wealden’s current councillors talking about their work and experiences on the council. The Wealden website also has a special section - Do you want to be a Councillor? - which answers a range of frequently asked questions and provides more information about how the district council works and the responsibilities of local councillors.