Sedgemoor District Council is to hold two events to help local people decide whether they are interested in becoming councillors in this year’s local elections.

The town council and district council elections will take place in Burnham-On-Sea and Highbridge on May 2nd.

To help local residents help understand whether they are suited to becoming a councillor, two events are being organised by the District Council.

The authority is encouraging anyone who is enthusiastic about their community to attend a special event called ‘Becoming a Councillor – Will you stand for it!’ on either Wednesday 23rd January or Tuesday 12th February, 2019.

Both events will take place at Sedgemoor District Council offices located in Bridgwater House, King Square, Bridgwater TA6 3AR, with doors opening from 5.45pm for a 6.00pm start.

The evening will be focused on the practicalities of being a Councillor at Sedgemoor and the event promises to be an opportunity for members of the public to discover what it is like to be a councillor and represent the community they are part of.

“Whatever you think needs changing in your local community, you could be just the person to help change by becoming a local Councillor,” says a Sedgemoor District Council spokeswoman.

“No other role gives you a chance to make such a huge difference to the quality of life for people in your local area.”

“Anyone can be a councillor. Your background, qualifications and occupation are not important. All that matters is that you have a keen interest in your local community, can spare some time and are passionate about making a difference.”

Click here to see a guide to becoming a councillor. To request a guide to booklet or to book your place at one of these events, email: democratic.services@sedgemoor.gov.uk or call 0300 303 7804.

The Leader of the Council, Cllr Duncan McGinty and Councillor Mick Lerry (Leader of the Opposition) will be speaking at the event, together with other staff that support them. There will be opportunities to ask questions and for informal discussions and networking.

Leader of the Council, Cllr Duncan McGinty, said: “Anyone considering standing for election in May 2019 will be made very welcome at the event. Being a Councillor can be a rewarding and worthwhile vocation but it is often underestimated how much work is involved in the role and what is expected of those elected.”

“We look forward to welcoming prospective candidates to come along and find out how the council works and where and how they could fit into the democratic decision making process.”

Election schedule for 2019 local elections: