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This is how you can get more involved in making decisions for your community

Published: Thursday, 26 September, 2019

Stroud District Council will be celebrating National Democracy Week by inviting people to find out more about the work of parish, town and district councillors, ahead of local elections next year.

And younger members of the community have been invited to share their aspirations for the future of the district in a competition.

The `Be a Councillor’ event, on Monday 14 October, will include presentations from councillors, officers and SDC’s chief executive Kathy O’Leary, and will give an insight into how to stand for election, and the support that is given to elected councillors. Current councillors will be there to answer questions about their role.

Local elections will take place in May 2020, with all 51 Stroud District Council seats across 27 district wards, up for election. Fifty three parish councils will hold elections at the same time.

Prospective councillors do not have to belong to, or represent a political party, nor do they need any prior experience, or formal qualifications.

Chair of Stroud District Council Gary Powell said:

“Being a councillor can be a rewarding vocation and we are keen to encourage people to attend the event to gain an understanding of how the council works and the support that is available should they be elected.  With elections in May 2020 this is a great chance to find out how to become involved in local democracy at both district and parish or town level.”

Elected district councillors are entitled to claim a basic allowance, plus reimbursement for travel, IT equipment, childcare and/or dependant's carers’ allowance. Prospective parish and town councillors are advised to check the arrangements for individual parishes with the local clerk.

Council leader, Councillor Doina Cornell said:

“To support and deliver on the council’s priorities we need councillors who are capable, energetic and engaged, with a commitment to local people and a passion for making a difference. Stroud District Council can only be as effective, relevant and vibrant as the people elected to run it.”

The event will take place on Monday 14 October in the council chamber at Stroud District Council, Ebley Mill, Ebley Wharf, Stroud, GL5 4UB. There is ample free car and bicycle parking on site.

  • The event for prospective parish or town councillors will start promptly at 5.30pm.
  • The event for prospective district councillors will start promptly at 6.30pm.

Please register your interest by emailing

There is more information on the work of a councillor here:

As part of Stroud District Council’s celebrations of National Democracy Week, school children across the district have been invited to take part in one of two competitions.

Children in Key Stage 1 & 2 will submit a drawing, painting or creation of what they would like the district to look like.

Key Stage 3 and 4 children will submit a poem or short story answering the question “What do I like best about the community in which I live?” (Maximum 500 words).

The winning entries will be announced at a full council meeting on 17 October, followed by the presentation of a certificate at their school by the Chair of Stroud District Council, Gary Powell who will answer questions about life as a councillor.

Completed entries can be e-mailed to or sent by post to: National Democracy Week competition, Stroud District Council, Ebley Mill, Ebley Wharf, Stroud, GL5 4UB

Please list the name of the school, the students name and the students’ year group on the submission.

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