Parish and Town Council Elections - 4 May 2023

Depending where you live in Solihull, you may have town and parish council elections and this page will tell you everything you need to know.  Solihull currently has 16 town and parish councils, representing you at the first tier of local government. 

The 16 town and parish councils that operate in the Solihull Council area are in the table below.

Parish or Town Council Ward (if warded) Seats
Balsall   10
Barston   5
Berkswell   7
Bickenhill and Marston Green Bickenhill 2
Blackfirs 2
Marston Green 6
Merestone 2
Castle Bromwich Beechcroft 4
Bradford 3
Park Hall 2
Timberley 3
Whateley 3
Chadwick End   5
Chelmsley Wood Alcott Wood 2
Arbor 3
Chelmsley Ward 4
Hall 3
Heath 3
Cheswick Green   7
Dickens Heath   7
Fordbridge Bennett's Well 6
Cole 3
Hatchford 5
Hampton in Arden Hampton in Arden ward 8
Catherine de Barnes 4
Hockley Heath   5
Kingshurst Kingshurst North 4
Kingshurst South 8
Meriden   8
Smith's Wood Bosworth 3
Smith's Wood 3
Burton 3
Chester 3
Tidbury Green   7

What do they do?

Town and parish councils are the first tier of local government and will run a number of services in the area which they cover.  For example, managing allotments, maintaining footpaths, public seating, managing open spaces, setting up local community groups, creating neighbourhood plans and much more.  

Councillors are elected every 4 years to represent local residents on each town and parish council.  A Councillor’s role will vary and include representing their local community, developing strategies for the area, helping to resolve problems, decision making and reviewing decisions and talking to the wider community about their needs.    

How do I stand to be a town and parish Councillor? 

To be eligible to stand as a candidate at a town and parish council election in England you must: 

  • Be at least 18 years old
  • Be a British citizen, Commonwealth citizen or a citizen of any member state of the European Union
  • Meet at least one of the following four qualifications:
  • You are, and will continue to be, registered as a local government elector in the parish in which in which you wish to stand
  • You have occupied as owner or tenant any land or other premises in the parish area during the last 12 months
  • Your main or only place of work during the last 12 months is in the parish area in which you would like to stand. 
  • You have lived in the parish, or within three miles of it, during the whole of the previous 12 months. 

Apart from meeting the above qualifications, you must also not be disqualified.  A full range of disqualifications can be found in the Can you stand for election? guidance from the Electoral Commission.

Standing as an independent candidate

If you wish to stand as an independent candidate, you must submit the following three papers to be a valid candidate:

  1. nomination paper
  2. a home address form 
  3. your consent to nomination 

These nomination papers can be found on the Electoral Commission’s website. You can also request copies from the Electoral Services office.  Please email electoralservices@solihull.gov.uk to request a paper copy.

Standing as a political candidate

If you wish to stand as a candidate of behalf of a registered political party, the party must be registered on the Electoral Commission’s register of political parties.   You must submit the following papers to be a valid candidate:

  1. nomination paper
  2. a home address form 
  3. your consent to nomination 
  4. a certificate authorising you to use the party name or a registered description on the ballot paper.
  5. a written request to use one of the party’s emblems (if you would like one to appear on the ballot paper)

These nomination papers can be found on the Electoral Commission’s website. You can also request copies from the Electoral Services office. Please email electoralservices@solihull.gov.uk to request a paper copy.

Do I have to publish my home address?

You may choose for your home address not to be published on the statement of persons nominated and the ballot paper. In this case, you must complete the relevant section on the home address form, which forms part of the nomination pack. 

What description can I use?

If you are standing as an independent candidate you can either:

  • leave it blank
  • use the word “Independent”
  • use a description of no more than six words to appear on the ballot paper.  It can be any description providing it is sufficient to identify you and is unlikely to associate you with a political party.  For example “Farmer”, “Baker in the High Street”, “Member of village action team” etc. 

If you are standing as a political candidate you can either:

  • leave it blank
  • use the name of the political party
  • use one of the registered descriptions

If you are standing on behalf of 2 political parties, you may use a joint description as registered with the Electoral Commission. In that case, you will need authorisation from the Nominating Officer for each of the registered parties. 

Candidates and Agents Briefing 

The Returning Officer will be hosting a briefing to potential candidates and election agents ahead of the May polls. Details on this will be uploaded in due course. 

What is the deadline to deliver my nomination papers? 

The deadline to deliver your nomination papers is 4.00pm on Tuesday 4 April.  Nomination papers received after this deadline will not be accepted.  

Please note: Nomination papers can only be accepted once we have published the Notice of Election, which will be at the end of March. The exact date will be confirmed early in 2023.   

Where do I deliver my papers?

Nomination papers must be delivered by hand to Electoral Services, Council House, Manor Square, Solihull, B91 3QB. Nomination papers delivered electronically will not be accepted.  

Need any help?

Please email electoralservices@solihull.gov.uk if you need any further help regarding standing for election.