The Council & Election 2021

Cornwall & Parish Council Elections 2021

The Cabinet Office has today confirmed that elections in Cornwall for Cornwall Council, Menheniot Parish Council and the Police & Crime Commissioner will go ahead as scheduled on Thursday 6 May 2021. This page will be regularly updated with information for voters and candidates.

Visit this page from Cornwall Council’s website to read about background and preparation for the elections.

Read more about the work of a parish councillor here The-Good-Councillors-guide. and this guide produced by the National Association of Local Councils All About Local Council 2018. We also produce a role profile for people considering making application. This is not the same as the one you would see for a job application, but it sets out the broad areas of experience that would be useful to have. Download a copy here[12/2/21]

Key Dates

Mon 22 Mar 2021 Cornwall Council will publish notice of the election

This will confirm the date of the election and invite qualifying residents to submit their nomination if they wish to become a councillor.

Thu 8 Apr 2021 Closing date for nominations

Instructions on how to be nominated as a candidate can be found on the Cornwall Council website.

Fri 8 Apr 2021 List of candidates published

You’ll be able to see the list of people who are standing as candidates for Cornwall Council and Menheniot Council on this web page.

Tue 20 Apr 2021 Deadline for registering for a postal vote.

If you think you will be unable to cast your vote in person, you can apply for a postal vote. Details of how to are on the Cornwall Council website.

Thu 6 May 2021 Election Day

We will publish guidance for voters on how to vote safely if the current lockdown restriction are still in place.

Fri 7 May 2021 Declaration of results

If there are fewer candidates than there are seats in Menheniot, then every person who has been nominated will be elected uncontested. In these circumstances, notification will be published on 8 April. Otherwise, details of the wining candidates will be published on this date. PLEASE NOTE: there may be a delay to publishing the result because of Covid-19 restrictions at the vote counting centre.

Elections outside of the four yearly cycle

Full parish council elections are held every four year. The next are due next on 6 May 2021, but from time to time, vacancies may be available as councillors retire or resign. We always advertise these ‘casual vacancies’  on our website and parish notice boards, and anyone is free to apply as long as they satisfy the criteria. To be eligible to stand for an election for a the parish, you must: be an elector of the parish. for the whole of the previous 12 months have occupied (as owner or tenant) land or other premises in the parish. during the previous 12 months have worked in the parish (as your principal or only place of work).


Cornwall Council & Menheniot Parish Council

There are 213 town and parish councils in Cornwall, and each of them relies on Cornwall Council to support its work and its residents. If you have concerns or complaints about any aspect of the services you receive from any council, but are unsure who to speak to, contact the Clerk’s office and we can point you in the right direction.

This link takes you to the Report It! page on Cornwall Council’s website where you can report and comment on a range of issues.


Local Council Awards Scheme

Menheniot Parish Council received its LCAS Foundation Award in 2018, ranking alongside Newquay and Liskeard, in recognition of its sound management and governance. You can view the full list of the other four councils in Cornwall who have received Foundation status here.

 


 

Becoming a parish councillor

Full parish council elections are held every four year. The next are due in May 2021, but from time to time, vacancies may be available as councillors retire or resign. We always advertise these ‘casual vacancies’  on our website and parish notice boards, and anyone is free to apply as long as they satisfy the criteria. To be eligible to stand for an election for a the parish, you must: be an elector of the parish. for the whole of the previous 12 months have occupied (as owner or tenant) land or other premises in the parish. during the previous 12 months have worked in the parish (as your principal or only place of work).

Read more about the work of a parish councillor here The-Good-Councillors-guide. and this guide produced by the National Association of Local Councils All About Local Council 2018. We also produce a role profile for people considering making application. This is not the same as the one you would see for a job application, but it sets out the broad areas of experience that would be useful to have. Download a copy here. [19/6/20]