Posted: Mon 14th Mar 2022

April 5th deadline if you want to be Wrexham’s next councillor

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This article is old - Published: Monday, Mar 14th, 2022

Wrexham Council is encouraging anyone who is interested in standing as a candidate in the local elections to take a look at what is involved, and to note they need to get their nomination papers in by April 5.

Unlike previous years the local authority will not hold a ‘be a councillor’ style event, instead details have been made available online on the council’s website.

A spokesperson for Wrexham Council said: “We have information about being a councillor on our website and we encourage anyone who is interested to take a look at what is involved.

“Nominations open on 21 March, until 4pm on 5 April.”

The page on the site is https://www.wrexham.gov.uk/service/be-councillor which gives links to sites with more information, as well as some more detail hosted by WCBC, including the requirements to stand :

To be able to stand as a candidate at a local government election in Wales you must:

  • be at least 18 years old
  • be a British citizen, an eligible Commonwealth citizen, a citizen of any member state of the European Union or a qualifying foreign citizen, and 
  • meet at least one of the following four qualifications: 
  1. You are, and will continue to be, registered as a local government elector for the local authority area in which you wish to stand from the day of your nomination onwards. 
  2. You have occupied as owner or tenant any land or other premises in the local authority area during the whole of the 12 months before the day of your nomination and the day of election. 
  3. Your main or only place of work during the 12 months prior to the day of your nomination and the day of election has been in the local authority area.
  4. You have lived in the local authority area during the whole of the 12 months before the day of your nomination and the day of election. 
  • Notice of election: March 18, 2022.
  • Delivery of nomination papers: from March 21, 2022 until 4pm on April 5, 2022.
  • Close / withdrawal of nomination: by 4pm on April 5, 2022.
  • Deadline to appoint election agents: by 4pm on April 5, 2022.
  • Statement of persons nominated: by 4pm on April 6, 2022.
  • Deadline for electors to register to vote: April 14, 2022.
  • Deadline for electors to request, cancel or change a postal vote: by 5pm on April 19, 2022.
  • Deadline for electors to request a proxy vote: by 5pm on April 26, 2022.
  • Deadline to appoint counting and polling agents: April 27, 2022.
  • Polling day: May 5, 2022.
  • Vote count: May 6, 2022 (the timing of the count is still to be confirmed but will either be immediately following the close of poll and through the night on May 5, 2022 or will begin the following day on May 6).
  • Deadline to submit election expenses (county borough council): June 10, 2022.

Prospective candidates have been awaiting the final ward lists, with the page linked to from the WCBC ‘be a councillor’ link still stating “A Community and Electoral Review is due to be completed ahead of the 2022 elections. This means the ward boundaries for both the county borough and community/town council elections may change.”

They have.

On a separate page not linked to from the ‘be a councillor’ page is the correct information, https://www.wrexham.gov.uk/service/current-elections-and-vacancies/electoral-arrangements-wrexham that details the changes, with an increase the number of councillors from 52 to 56 and and increase the number of wards from 47 to 49.

The specific changes to wards are as follows:

  • Acrefair North ward
    This is the previous Plas Madoc ward and will remain represented by 1 councillor.
  • Acton and Maesydre ward 
    This is a combination of the previous Acton and Maesydre wards and will be represented by 2 councillors.
  • Bangor Is-y-Coed ward 
    This is a part of the previous Bronington ward and will be represented by 1 councillor.
  • Bronington and Hanmer ward 
    This is a combination of part of the previous Bronington ward and part of the Overton ward and will be represented by 1 councillor.
  • Brymbo ward 
    This ward will now be represented by 2 councillors.
  • Brynyffynnon ward 
    Properties have been moved from the Brynyffynnon ward to the Offa ward and properties have been moved from the Offa ward to the Brynyffynnon ward and the ward will remain represented by 1 councillor.
  • Cefn East ward  
    This is part of the previous Cefn ward and will be represented by 1 councillor.
  • Cefn West ward 
    This is part of the previous Cefn ward and will be represented by 1 councillor.
  • Erddig ward 
    Properties have been moved from the Offa ward to the Erddig ward and the ward will remain represented by 1 councillor.
  • Gwersyllt East ward
    This is part of the previous Gwersyllt East and South ward, properties have been moved from the Gwersyllt South ward to the Gwersyllt East ward and the ward will be represented by 1 councillor.
  • Gwersyllt South ward  
    This is part of the previous Gwersyllt East and South ward, properties have been moved from the Gwersyllt South ward to the Gwersyllt East ward and the ward will be represented by 1 councillor.
  • Overton and Maelor South ward 
    This is part of the previous Overton ward and will be represented by 1 councillor.
  • Pant and Johnstown ward 
    This is a combination of the previous Pant and Johnstown wards and will be represented by 2 councillors.
  • Rhosnesni ward 
    This ward will now be represented by 2 councillors.
  • Rossett ward 
    This ward will now be represented by 2 councillors.
  • Smithfield ward 
    Properties have been moved from the Whitegate ward and will remain represented by 1 councillor.

At the bottom of the list and subsequent table is a link to Chris Bell’s personal website (who is also known as Doogal apparently, and therefore Doogle.co.uk). Mr Bell has created some software to visualise Keyhole Markup Language (KML) files and display them on a map through a web browser.

This allows the viewing of a zoomable ward map, with English names only – you can find the map as linked to from WCBC, on https://www.doogal.co.uk/KmlViewer.php?url=https%3A//www.wrexham.gov.uk/sites/default/files/2022-02/wards_english.kml



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