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Join your Parish Council to make a real difference at a local level

Today, Thursday 12th December, is General Election day (in case you hadn’t noticed!). On that theme, your local Parish Council want to invite you to be part of our local government. We need to find a new Councillor by a process called co-option, which means that people may put themselves forward without going through a local election process.

Who can be a Parish Councillor?
You must be:

  • At least 18 and a British, Commonwealth or European Union Citizen
  • On the electoral roll for the area or have worked or occupied as owner or tenant any land or premises in the district for at least a year

You do not have to be a member of a political party, or be over a certain age to join.

What does a Parish Councillor do?
At a basic level, attend monthly meetings (held on the first Wednesday of the month, alternating between Staverton and Landscove), where planning and community matters are discussed. You can join or lead a Working Group (like the Neighbourhood Plan or Climate Emergency), advocate for changes in our area by speaking to our District Councillor, look after our public spaces and allotments, and just generally seek to make this Parish continue to be a lovely place to live.


If you are interested, please send a brief paragraph about yourself and what you can bring to the role to the Clerk. The Clerk, Karen Smith, can be contacted on

If you would like to have an informal chat about what it is like to be a Parish Councillor (from a fellow new Councillor), then give Cllr. Carmen Talbot a call/email on 01803 762836 /

Parliamentary General Election – Notice of Persons Nominated

The Statement of Persons Nominated for the Totnes Constituency is attached and has been published on the SHDC website.


The Statement of Persons Nominated, Notice of Poll and Situation of Polling Stations can be viewed below:

Statement of Persons Nominated and Situation of Polling Stations – Totnes Constituency

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The Notice of Election Agents can be viewed below:

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Notice of General Election

A General Election will take place in the UK on Thursday 12 December 2019

Notice of Election

The Notice of Election is published below:

Totnes Constituency

If you live in South West Devon Constituency, please note that election notices, poll cards and postal ballots will be issued by Plymouth City Council. You can see notices on their website at

To find out which Parliamentary Constituency you live in, please see UK Parliament Consituency Finder.


Nominations close at 4 p.m. on Thursday 14 November.

A Statement of Persons Nominated will be published by 4 p.m. on Thursday 14 November.

Registering to Vote

You must be registered to vote by midnight on Tuesday 26 November. You can register or update your address here.

Postal and Proxy Votes

Applications for a new postal or postal proxy vote must be received by 5 p.m. on Tuesday 26 November. You can apply for a postal or proxy vote here.

Applications for a proxy vote must be received by 5 p.m. on Wednesday 4 December. After this date you may be able to apply for an emergency proxy vote in certain circumstances. You can apply for a proxy vote here.

The first date that electors can apply for replacements for lost postal votes will be Friday 6 December.

Get in Touch

For all other information, please contact our Elections Team.