Information meeting for would-be borough councillors

The Boston Borough Council building.
The Boston Borough Council building.

Boston Borough Council is holding an information session for anyone considering standing as a candidate in this May’s council elections.

The meeting, open to all who qualify to stand, will be held in the committee room at the council’s Municipal Buildings in West Street, Boston, on Monday, February 9, at 6.30pm.

It will cover all matters, such as what the role entails, how to stand and the democratic process involved .

All of the 30 seats on the borough council will be up for grabs on May 7, the same day as the General Election.

Applicants don’t have to belong to any particular political group to stand and must be a British, Commonwealth, Irish or European citizen, be aged over 18 on the day of nomination.

There must also be a connection with the borough of Boston – such as having lived here for at least a year or being on the Register of Electors for the borough area.

Employees of borough council, or at another council in a job designated as politically restricted cannot stand as well as those who had a prison sentence, including suspended, of three months or more in the last five years, been declared bankrupt or are disqualified from standing for other reasons.

All attending the February 9 meeting will be given an information booklet titled: About becoming a councillor – a guide for prospective councillors in Boston borough.

For more information about becoming a councillor, such as receiving, preparing and formally submitting your nomination papers, contact Lorraine Bush on 01205 314224, or email her at lorraine.bush@boston.gov.uk

Nomination papers may be submitted from March 24 until 4pm on April 9.

For other details, or for those unable to attend, visit www.boston.gov.uk