West Berkshire Council

Candidates announced ahead of local elections

Elections will take place on Thursday 2 May

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Candidates standing in the upcoming local elections have been announced today (Thursday 4 April).

On Thursday 2 May, residents across the district go to the polls to elect councillors to the district council as well as town and parish councils. Candidates standing in each ward can be found on the following pages:

District Council Election - Candidates

Town/Parish Council Elections - Candidates

For some town/parish councils seats on the council are not being contested and elections will not be held.

Town/Parish Councils - Uncontested Seats 

Preparations for the district council elections are well underway with West Berkshire Council's Electoral Services team busy booking polling stations, arranging staff for polling stations and the count, as well as making sure everyone who wants to vote can do so.

Since the district council elections were held in 2015 there have been changes to the areas each district councillor represents. The review was conducted both to reduce the number of district councillors and to adjust ward boundaries so that each councillor represents a similar number of residents. Changes to towns and villages, and their populations, had led to disparity between how many residents councillors had been representing.

Following a review by the Local Government Boundary Commission for England, there will be 24 wards across West Berkshire instead of 30 and 43 councillors instead of 52. Polling cards will begin to arrive from Tuesday 19 March and will show residents which will state their ward and the polling station to attend. 

There is still plenty of time for residents to register to vote in the May elections if they have not already done so. Residents have until Friday 12 April and they can register to vote online in just a few minutes or opt to register to vote by post

Residents are able to vote by post if they prefer to, or to apply for a proxy vote which allows another person to cast their vote for them. The deadline for new postal votes and changes to existing postal vote details is Monday 15th April, and the applications to vote by proxy must be submitted by Wednesday 24 April.

For more information about registering to vote visit https://www.gov.uk/register-to-vote. There is also more information about the elections elsewhere on our website.