Do you want to be a local councillor?

POTENTIAL candidates can find out more about becoming councillors at a session this weekend.

An event will be held in Hartlepool this Saturday to enable anyone considering standing as a councillor at the forthcoming local elections to find out more about the role and the support available.

Following a recent review of ward boundaries, all-out elections will take place in Hartlepool on Thursday, May 3, to elect councillors onto Hartlepool Borough Council.

Under the revised arrangements there will be three councillors elected for each of the 11 new wards, with the overall number of councillors reducing from 47 to 33.

Anyone wanting to stand as a local councillor has until noon on Wednesday, April 4, to submit the necessary documentation to the council’s returning officer.

Lorraine Bennison, electoral registration officer with the council, said: “The aim of the event is to outline what is expected from councillors and the support and development opportunities available to help them carry out their role effectively.

“People attending will have the opportunity to ask questions and anyone interested in standing as a candidate at the forthcoming elections should find the event extremely useful.”

The event is being held in Committee Room B, Civic Centre, starting at 10am and is expected to last around an hour.

Access is via the Huckelhoven entrance, next to the Grand Hotel, due to the improvement works outside the main entrance.

Anyone with a disability requiring assistance with access is advised to contact (01429) 523088 prior to Saturday.

For more information, email: lorraine.bennison@hartlepool.gov.uk

A detailed map of the new wards can be viewed in the Civic Centre reception area or by visiting tinyurl.com/6n4bspr