Be the voice of your community

Have you considered becoming a Councillor in Leicestershire or Rutland? 

A series of events are taking place across Leicestershire and Rutland for people interested in becoming a councillor in next year’s local elections.

Voters will head to the polls in all seven districts of Leicestershire and in Rutland for the local council elections on May 2, 2019.

Four events are planned to showcase what being a councillor is all about with the first being held in Blaby District Council in Narborough on Saturday, October 27.

The events are being promoted by a joint campaign between Blaby, Charnwood,  Hinckley and Bosworth, Melton, North West Leicestershire, and Oadby and Wigston district and borough councils and Rutland County Council.

Be the Voice of Your Community aims to highlight the responsibilities and challenges of representing people in your communities.

Geoff Parker, Returning Officer for Charnwood Borough Council and speaking on behalf of all the participating Councils, said: “Local councils in Leicestershire and Rutland deliver hugely important services which affect the lives of people every day.

“Being a councillor means you can play a part in shaping those services and make a difference to people’s lives.

“It’s also about representing residents’ views on a variety of issues and being a real voice for the community.

“I would encourage people to attend one of the events being held to find out more about being a councillor.”

Be the Voice of Your Community is part of a nationwide initiative to encourage potential community leaders in standing as a councillor. 

The events are designed to help people find out what it takes to become a local councillor and will cover the nomination process and standing for election, the role of a councillor and what support is available, including allowances and training.

The event in Blaby is open to anyone across Leicestershire and Rutland. The other three are more for people in those areas but are open to anyone who is interested.

The four events are:

  • Saturday October 27, 10am-12pm at Blaby District Council offices, Desford Road, Narborough, LE19 2EP

  • Tuesday November 6, 6pm – 8pm at Melton Borough Council, Parkside, Station Approach, Burton Street, Melton Mowbray, LE13 1GH

  • Saturday November 10, 10am – 12pm or 12.30pm – 2.30pm at the Council Chamber, Rutland County Council, Catmose, Oakham, Rutland LE15 6HP

  • Saturday, November 17, 10am – 12pm, Charnwood Borough Council - Council Offices, Southfield Road, LE11 2TX

Views sought on polling districts in Charnwood

Press Release issued by :

Charnwood Borough Council

IMMEDIATE RELEASE | 01/10/2018 13:30




Media Release


October 1, 2018

For immediate release

Views sought on polling districts in Charnwood

A consultation about polling districts in Charnwood gets underway on October 1, 2018 and people are urged to have a say.

The borough council is required to review polling districts, places and stations every five years to ensure voting arrangements are up to date and fit for purpose.

This is an opportunity for people to recommend new polling locations and the Council is particularly keen to hear views on any access issues.

Geoff Parker, electoral registration officer, said: “This is an important review and it gives people the opportunity to put forward suggestions to improve local voting arrangements in time for the local council elections due in May 2019.

“We are particularly keen to hear from people who may have views on access arrangements to polling stations as we want to make sure everyone can exercise their right to vote with ease.”

There are more than 133,000 register voters in Charnwood and currently there are 76 polling districts.

For more information about the review, please visit

Anyone who has any ideas or comments should email or write to Electoral Services, Southfield Road, Loughborough, LE11 2TX.


Issued by Charnwood Borough Council Communications Team
Tel: 01509 634705 or 634681
Twitter: @charnwoodbc






Royal Mail raising awareness of scam mail in the community.

Scam mail involves professional fraudsters sending convincing letters that are designed to trick people out of money or other valuables. Scam mail can include bogus competitions and fake prize draws. This mail mostly originates from overseas and is hard to detect. Anyone could receive scam mail, you a relative or a friend. Royal Mail is committed to doing all it can to protect its customers from scam mail.

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Charnwood Borough Council new-look website

Press Release released by :

Charnwood Borough Council

New-look website for customers

A new-look Charnwood Borough Council website has been launched to improve residents’ online experience.

The site has been refreshed to make it easier for customers to find information, make payments, request services and report issues.

Cllr Roy Rollings, deputy lead member with responsibility for customer services, said: “The website is absolutely key to providing good customer service these days and more and more people are using it to access our services.

“That’s why we decided it was time to give it a cleaner look and make it easier for people to find their way around.

“We have sought feedback from staff, customers and councillors and tested it to make sure it is easily accessible. We will be carrying out further work to improve accessibility later this year.”

Cllr James Poland, lead member for strategic support, said: “We are putting more and more services online and that’s why the website needs to be as good as it can be.

“We hope customers find the new-look site easier to use but we’re always interested in feedback as its improvement is an ongoing process.

“We’ve worked with Loughborough-based Cuttlefish on the site and we would like to thank them for their support.”

Residents can access a wide variety of services on the council website, anything from reporting a missed bin or fly-tipping to paying council tax or submitting planning applications.

Just visit,