WHITCHURCH Town mayor Councillor Mike McDonald has called on people to step up and put themselves forward to be candidates for the May council elections.
The town will go to the polls on Thursday, May 4 with councillor positions to be decided for county, town and parish councils in Whitchurch and Shropshire.
Cllr McDonald (pictured), who has served as Mayor for the last years, is fearful that the council will be impaired in its ability to carry out some responsibilities if enough people don’t put themselves up for election and wants people to stand up and be counted.
“We need people to come forward to be elected and represent the people of Whitchurch”, he said.
“We need you to help Whitchurch in what will be an important time as services come under pressure from cuts in funding from central government start to bite.
“There is no better feeling than having the ability to contribute to the future of your town and supporting your fellow residents and businesses.
“We need people to stand in this town. I often hear that the council doesn’t do this or doesn’t do that – well, I can only say to those who feel they can do a better job to join it.
“They can only do this by standing for election.”
Acting town clerk Zoe Dean added her voice to the Mayor’s, saying it was vital for people to take on such important roles to help the town council maintain its current roles and responsibil-ities.
She added that currently only 12 of the 15 seats across the North, South and West wards are full, with a feeling across the town that not all current members will stand in May. And she warned that two-thirds of the seats need to be filled for the council to operate effectively.
“We need people who are public-spirited but also business-minded too because ultimately you are running a town and using public money,” said Miss Dean, who will remain in her role until after the elections. “We’re keeping the public’s best interests to heart.
“As council, we maintain the parks and its equipment. We put on high-class events such as the Food and Drink festival and all the fairs, either by ourselves or with community partners such as the Blackberry Fair.
“It’s important potential candidates, both old and new, consider standing for the upcoming election and that we have a full set of elected members come May.”
If you are interested in standing at the Town Council election, you can contact Miss Dean at the Civic Centre for a councillors pack or via Shropshire Council.
The deadline is Thursday, April 4.
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