Published Monday, 6th August 2018
“If you’re passionate about your area and your local community, we need you!”
That’s the message from Reigate & Banstead Borough Council as it launches a new campaign to encourage more people to consider becoming a councillor.
Maybe you want more things for young people to do, improved services for older people, more suitable housing or a local economy where local businesses can thrive. Perhaps you are already involved in local affairs and want to take the next step. Or you may be looking for a worthwhile and rewarding way to help your local community.
Decisions made by councillors affect the lives of everyone in their area in countless ways.
On 2 May 2019, there will be an all-out election in Reigate & Banstead for all 45 borough council seats, following a ward boundary review. This is an ideal opportunity to stand to become a borough councillor.
“If you’re ready to stand for what you believe in and be a leader for your local community, be a councillor and do exactly that”, says Cllr Mark Brunt, Leader of Reigate & Banstead Borough Council.
“It’s important that councillors reflect and represent the communities they serve. The council can only be as effective, relevant and vibrant as the people elected to lead it. We need councillors who are capable, committed, energetic and engaged with a passion for change.
“Being a councillor is hugely rewarding. No other role gives you a chance to make such a big difference to the quality of life of people in your local area and influence the way issues are dealt with locally and across the borough.
“If you’d like to find out more, come along to our ‘Be a Councillor’ drop-in events and ask any questions you may have.”
You don’t have to have any particular qualifications or profession to become a councillor. Skills gained through raising a family, caring for a sick or disabled relative, volunteering or being active in faith or community groups can be just as valuable.
So people can find out what being a councillor is all about, the council is holding drop-in information events on 21 August and 5 September from 12.00pm-1.30pm and 6.30pm-8.00pm at the Town Hall, Reigate. To register your interest or find out more see https://beacouncillor.co.uk/reigate-and-banstead/