Become a Councillor

West Sussex County Council is lifting-the-lid on life as a county councillor with an information event ahead of the local elections in May.


The event for potential councillors takes place on Monday 27 February from 5.30pm to 8.45pm at County Hall, Chichester.

Places for the event are limited so potential candidates are encouraged to register at (link to:

The event will give people thinking of standing in the elections on 4 May the chance to learn more about the County Council, take part in workshops, understand the election timetable and ask questions.

A new website has also been launched in collaboration with the Local Government Association’s ‘Be a Councillor’ campaign. The website allows people to take an eligibility quiz and watch a new video created with current West Sussex county councillors discussing their roles.

Pat Arculus, Chairman of West Sussex County Council, said: “This is a fantastic opportunity for people thinking of standing for election to find out more information about the county council, what the role involves and take part in workshops.

“You’ll also be able to watch the new video which includes ten of our current members, including myself, providing a great deal of insight into our responsibilities. I would urge anyone who is considering standing to take some time and watch it.”

All councils are led by democratically elected councillors who set the vision and direction of the council and represent their local community.

To be eligible for the role you must be:

  • a British or a citizen of the Commonwealth or European Union
  • at least 18 years old
  • registered to vote in the area or have lived, worked or owned property there for at least 12 months before an election.

More information on eligibility is available on the Be a Councillor website.

Residents are also being encouraged to make sure they are on the electoral register to be able to vote on 4 May. To make sure you are on the electoral roll contact your local district or borough council by Thursday 13 April.

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Last updated:
6 February 2018

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