Local elections will take place on 6th May 2021, including elections for:
- Town and Parish Councillors across Buckinghamshire
- Buckinghamshire Councillors
- The Thames Valley Police and Crime Commissioner (PCC)
Information for Voters
Due to Covid-19, the 2021 elections will be unlike any we’ve had before and voters may wish to vote differently this year.
Guidance on the following can be found on Buckinghamshire Council’s Elections Page:
- Registering to vote (the deadline to register is 19 April)
- Voting by post
- Voting by proxy
- Covid-19 measures for polling stations
Information for Parish Councillor Candidates
The Electoral Commission has lots of useful information for Parish Councillor candidates, including:
- Setting out the process involved
- Eligibility Requirements
- Rules for campaigning – see also the Government’s approach to elections during Covid-19
To apply, you will need to complete the Councillor Nomination Pack.
See Buckinghamshire Council’s Become a Councillor page for details on how to submit your nomination pack.
Please email the Parish Clerk if you have any questions.
Interested in becoming a Parish Councillor?
- Attending full Council and Committee meetings
- Representing the Council at meetings of local organisations
- Planning – commenting on planning applications
- Management of open spaces at School Lane & Frederick Street
- Provision and maintenance of streetlights, benches and dog waste bins
- Managing the Community Centre, Allotments and Cemetery
- Finance – budget setting, governance and accountability
- Special projects – new community facilities (Waddesdon Vision) and speed monitoring.
You don’t need to bring specific skills as enthusiasm and a willingness to work as a team to support your community are all that is needed.
It’s important Waddesdon has a contested election. A contested election means that all 9 members have to be elected, whether or not they have been a Councillor before. So it is a completely level playing field. If nine or fewer people put their names forward there will be no election and candidates will be automatically appointed to the new Council; any remaining vacancies filled by co-option.
Full Council Meetings take place every third Wednesday of the month at 8pm and last up to 2 hours. Some time is needed outside of these meetings too, to get involved locally in wider meetings. There are plenty of training opportunities which are paid for by the Parish Council.
The Parish Council has three standing committees, Finance, Planning and Events as well as working groups as and when needed.
Key Dates for Electoral Process
|Monday 22 March|
Monday 29 March
|Publication of Notice of Election (local elections)|
Publication of Notice of Election for PCC
|Thursday 8 April, 4pm||Deadline for receipt of nomination papers (including withdrawals) and notification of appointment of election agent|
|Friday 9 April, 4pm|
Monday 19 April
Tuesday 20 April, 5pm
Tuesday 27 April, 5pm
Tuesday 27 April
Thursday 6 May
Thursday 6 May
Friday 7 May
Friday 7 May / Saturday 8 May (10am)
|Names of candidates standing for election published|
Deadline for registering to vote
Postal Vote application deadline (including postal proxy)
Proxy vote application deadline
Notice of Poll
Polling Day 7am – 10pm
Verification, 10.15pm *
Principal Election Count, 10am *
Town & Parish Council Counts. Will take place at the conclusion of the principal election count. *
*NB Provisional Date & Time