Penrith is split into six wards and there are 15 Councillors.
Scheduled elections took place on Thursday 2nd May 2019, with the following results:
Vacancy for a Town Councillor
Pategill Ward Vacancy Notice
Due to the RESIGNATION of Grattan Bowen, a vacancy has arisen in the Office of Councillor for the Pategill Ward of Penrith Town Council.
An election has been called by 10 persons living in the Pategill Ward.
Under the provisions of the Coronavirus Act 2020 and The Local Government and Police and Crime Commissioner (Coronavirus) (Postponement of Elections and Referendums) (England and Wales) Regulations 2020 the by-election will not currently take place, and the vacancy will be held open until the by election takes place. The 2020 regulations provide for the by election to take place on the date for the Ordinary Election of Councillors due to be held on Thursday 6 May 2021. However, this date may be brought forward or deferred by the Government depending upon the circumstances. Any Election that is In due course called will be duly publicised as required by law.”
i.e. in essence, any election will not take place before the 6 May 2021, unless regulation changes to allow by-elections sooner.
Below is a table explaining which Councillors represent each of the six wards.
|Name of Ward||Number of Councillors||Who|
|Penrith North||4||Cllr. Paul Donald
Cllr. Scott Jackson
Cllr. Ron Kenyon
Cllr. Mike Shepherd
|Penrith South||2||Cllr. Roger Burgin
Cllr. Margaret Clark
|Penrith East||3||Cllr. Nicola Hawkins
Cllr. James Fallows
Cllr. Charlie Shepherd
|Penrith West||3||Cllr. Jonathan Davies
Cllr. David Knaggs
Cllr. Hilary Snell
Cllr. Doug Lawson
Cllr. Stephen Clarke
Below is a list of maps to showing the boundaries of each parish ward.
Your Council Representatives
Below are two links to help you find your district and county councillors.
Use this link to find your District Councillor
Local Members of Parliament (MP)
Eden is in the Penrith and the Border Constituency.
Neil Hudson is the MP for Penrith and The Border Constituency.
Below are links to find the contact details of Members of Parliament.
How to become a Town Councillor
You don’t have to be interested in politics or be a member of a political group to become a town councillor. It takes all sorts of individuals from different parts of the community, of different ages with different life experiences to become a councillor.
As a councillor, you can become a voice for your community and affect real change. Councillors are community leaders and represent the aspirations of the public that they serve and are the most local part of our democratic system and are closest to the public.
The Town Council looks to blend a variety of skills and backgrounds in its members. No special qualifications are needed and the most important thing is to have a keen interest in Penrith and be prepared to play an active part in the Council’s work.
Training and guidance from Council officers will be available throughout your term of office.
The Council is acutely aware that councillors are volunteers and will endeavour not to have unrealistic expectations and to manage councillors time effectively. However, councillors are expected to attend bi monthly Full Council meetings plus regular meetings of committees to which they are members.
A candidate for a Town Council is qualified to become a Town Councillor, if:
- he or she is a British citizen, Commonwealth citizen, citizen of the Irish Republic or a citizen of another European Union State.
- has attained 18 years of age, and
- is either in the register of electors for Penrith or has during the whole of the preceding twelve months, occupied land as owner or tenant, had a principal place of work there, or resided in or within 4.8 kilometres or 3 miles of it.
You cannot stand for election if you:
- are the subject of a bankruptcy restriction order or interim order.
- have, within 5 years before the day of the election, been convicted in the UK of any offence and have had a prison sentence (whether suspended or not) for a period of over 3 months without the option of a fine.
- work for the council you want to become a councillor for.
Listed below are publications provided by the National Association of Local Councils and The Local Government Association, that contain more information about becomeing a councillor.
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