Formal notice given for Somerset elections
Mendip District Council has published notices for the elections to Somerset County Council, and the city, town, and parish elections being held on Thursday 5 May.
These are important elections for Somerset with the creation of a new, unitary council in April 2023 - the first major change to the way the county is governed in almost 50 years.
There are 110 seats available in 55 divisions across the county with electors able to cast two votes each in their division.
For their first year, the councillors will take responsibility for all current County Council services and oversee the local government reorganisation to establish a single unitary council on 1 April 2023.
From 1 April 2023, the 110 councillors of the unitary council will be responsible for services that are currently delivered by the county and four district councils.
District councils will remain until 31 March 2023, and the councillors serving on them will continue in their roles until that date.
The city, town, and parish council elections on 5 May offer the chance for people to stand for their community at grass roots level. They too will serve a five-year term.
Further information and nomination packs are available on the Mendip website: www.mendip.gov.uk/electoralservices.
Completed nomination papers can be accepted from 22 March and must be received no later than 4pm on Tuesday, 5 April.
They should be hand delivered between 9.30am and 4.30pm to: The Deputy Returning Officer, Mendip District Council, Cannards Grave Road, Shepton Mallet BA4 5BT.