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Make a lot of noise on social media? Then why not become a city councillor

People who make a lot of noise on social media should consider standing for council, says the authority’s chief executive.

Colin Carmichael wants to see their enthusiasm for affairs in the district transferred to the work of the council.

The next elections to Canterbury City Council take place on May 2, 2019 and will see all 39 seats contested.

Those interested in becoming a city councillor are being invited to a prospective councillor event next month.

It will explain the process involved in standing for election, what the council does and what life is like as a councillor.

A planning committee meeting taking place in the Guildhall

Councillors come from all walks of life, age groups and backgrounds.

If elected, their work could include everything from setting council tax to determining pub opening hours, as well as representing voters in their ward.

Mr Carmichael said: “Canterbury district is a great place to live and becoming a councillor will mean you can help shape its future.

“You don’t need to be a member of a political party to stand, as thousands of councillors up and down the country are not – so whether you are a member of a political party or not, this could be of interest to you.

“And even if you have already decided to stand for election, this session will give you plenty of information about how the election works, and what will happen if you are elected. 

“We see plenty of people making lots of noise on social media these days, and it would be great to see that passion and enthusiasm transferring into the council chamber.”

The evening for prospective councillors takes place in the Guildhall at 6.15pm on Thursday, September 6 and will last around 90 minutes.

For more information or to confirm attendance at the prospective councillor event, email democracy@canterbury.gov.uk or call 01227 862594.

People who are interested in being a councillor can also find out more at https://beacouncillor.co.uk.

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