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Election Information Packs and Nomination Papers

Anyone interested in standing as a councillor in the forthcoming elections for Cornwall Council and town and parish councils will be able to pick up their candidate information packs and nomination papers from Monday, 6 March. 

This year’s elections for the 123 new members of Cornwall Council are being held on Thursday, 4 May. 

The elections for Cornwall’s town and parish councils are also being held on the same day. The count for both sets of elections will take place the following day on Friday, 5 May.  

Information packs and nomination papers for both sets of elections will be available for collection in person from the Council’s offices in Penwinnick Road, St Austell from Monday, 6 March.

People can also arrange for packs to be delivered to their local one stop shop where either they - or someone else acting on their behalf - can collect them by telephoning 01209 614373 or emailing voter-registration@cornwall.gov.uk.

Anyone who is unable to collect a pack themselves or to arrange for someone else to collect them can request for it to be posted to them by phoning the elections team on 01209 614373.  Please note, however, that these packs will be sent out special delivery and so will need to be signed for.  

The notice of election for both Cornwall Council and the Town and Parish Council elections is due to be formally published on Monday, 20 March. Would be candidates have until 4pm on Tuesday, 4 April to return their completed nomination papers to the Council’s elections team. 

All nomination papers must be delivered by hand, either by the candidate themselves, or by someone acting on their behalf, so the papers can be formally accepted. To help make it as easy as possible for people to return their nomination papers without travelling long distances, the Council will be arranging for staff from the elections team to be available to accept forms on three separate days in a Cornwall Council building in a key town in each of the six parliamentary constituency areas. 

On most days during the nomination period, the Council can only accept nominations at the council offices, Penwinnick Road, St Austell, except on the following days: Friday 24 March (9am-1pm and 2pm-6pm) Saturday 25 March (9am-1pm) Wednesday 29 March (9am-1pm and 2pm-6pm) 

On those three days, the Council will accept nomination papers for the electoral divisions in the specific parliamentary constituency area at the following Cornwall Council offices:

Camborne and Redruth constituency – Room GWO2, Dolcoath Avenue, Camborne

Truro and Falmouth constituency - Room 2NO2 , New County Hall, Truro

Candidates from electoral divisions in any of the six parliamentary constituency areas will be able to return their forms by hand to the election team’s main office at Penwinnick Road, St Austell on: 

March 21, 22, 23, 27, 28, 30 and 31 between 9am and 1pm and between 2pm and 6pm Monday, 

3 April between 9am and 1pm and between 2pm and 6pm 

Tuesday, 4 April between 9 am and 1pm and between 1pm and 4pm 

Further information on the elections are available from the Council’s website - www.cornwall.gov.uk/elections.

Don’t forget that to be eligible to vote in the elections on 4 May 2017 you need to register by Thursday 13 April.  It’s easy to register – you can do it online and it only takes a few minutes www.gov.uk/register-to-vote If you are already registered, you do not need to apply again, unless your details change.

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Penryn Town Council has sixteen Councillors with its offices based in the heart of the town, opposite the iconic Town Hall and clocktower. Penryn was founded in 1216 and has had a Mayor since 1621 when the town received its Royal Charter. It is one of Cornwall's most ancient towns with a wealth of charm, character and history. Standing at the head of the Penryn River, it occupies a sheltered position and was a port of some significance in the 15th century.
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With the founding of Glasney College in 1265 by Bishop Bronscombe of Exeter, Penryn became a seat of learning until its dissolution and demolition in 1549. Penryn has now come full circle with Cornwall's first university campus at Tremough which plays host to Exeter and Falmouth Universities. Little remains of the original Glasney College, but in 2015, the 750th anniversary of its founding, a project for the Penryn Arts Festival led by Penryn based artists Simon Persighetti and Katie Etheridge, recreated the original footprint on the site of Glasney College. 
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