You will recall that Little Waltham Parish Council, at their meeting on 4th December, formally supported triggering a formal process to amend parish boundaries to ensure that we formed part of the Parish along with the rest of the wider Channels development. The information originally posted explaining the rationale for the change of boundaries can be found here and the Parish Council is still very keen to begin a new era with the Channels development becoming part of their Parish area.
Unfortunately we have been informed by the City Council that a large number of residents that signed the petition (required to kick off the formal process) were not actually registered as a Local Government Electors and as such we have been collecting more signatures to ensure that the process can move forwards.
With local government elections just around the corner, it is important that every resident is registered. You must register again if you’ve changed address and if you believe you are not registered for any reason, the easiest way to do so is via www.gov.uk/register-to-vote.
On 2nd May 2019 the election for Little Waltham Parish Council will take place. The election was officially declared on 26th March 2019 and the notice may be viewed by clicking here.
The allotted number of Councillors for Little Waltham is 9 however as less than 9 people were nominated for election those persons will be elected on 2nd May and there will not be a contested poll. Notice of the uncontested election may be viewed by clicking here.
The fantastic news is that we now have a Channels resident, Melanie Williamson, duly elected as a Little Waltham Parish Councillor. Whilst our part of the development may not yet formally be part of the Parish, it does mean we have someone that can represent our views (and of course those of the wider development who do already sit within the Parish) on the council.
There are still 3 spaces to fill and the Parish Council will be at liberty to co-opt new Councillors after the election date so if anyone else is interested, you can find out more by clicking here.
Lastly, if you do want to vote in any of the local government elections, the deadline to register to vote is Friday 12 April!