There will be elections on 2nd May 2019 for both the Town Council and the new Dorset Council. Individuals will be putting themselves forward for a five year term instead of the usual four years, to align with the Dorset Council.
Mid-February – the forms go online
15th March – Notice of Election
18th March to 3rd April at 4pm – Nominations can be received.
4th April – Statement of persons nominated is published
2nd May – Elections 7am to 10pm
4th May – The count for the Town Council will be held on the Saturday
6th May – Bank Holiday Monday
7th May – First working day after results
The existing Chairman remains in place until 13th May and will preside over the first agenda item.
13th May – Annual meeting
Please get in touch if you feel you would like to discuss the role of a Town Councillor, and are considering standing for the Town Council in next year’s elections. To register to vote, please visit: https://www.gov.uk/register-to-vote.
The Dorset Association of Parish and Town Councils will be running new councillor courses.
Information on purdah can be found at: http://www.local.gov.uk/our-support/purdah.
Town Council Wards
The North Dorset (Electoral Changes) Order 2014 abolished the 5 wards of Blandford Forum and created 4 wards as follows: Blandford Central, Blandford Hilltop, Blandford Langton St Leonards and Blandford Old Town Ward. Three Councillors will be elected to represent each ward with the exception of Blandford Central which will be represented by seven Councillors.
Information on Ward Boundaries can be found on the Town Council page.