Make a Change – Become a Parish Councillor

On Thursday 4th May 2023 there will be town and parish council elections across Solihull.

Town and parish council elections are being held on Thursday 4 May 2023 in Solihull. The terms of office of all currently serving parish councillors will end in May 2023.

Serving councillors and those interested in becoming a parish councillor will need to be nominated and complete the nomination papers on the Electoral Commission website Parish council elections in England | Electoral Commission and deliver them by hand to SMBC Electoral Services by 4 April 2023.

Balsall Parish Council and Berkswell Parish Council back the national ‘Make A Change’ campaign by the National Association of Local Councils (NALC) urging residents to become a councillor to make a change. Residents are encouraged to stand in the May 2023 local (parish and town) council elections and people from all backgrounds and experiences who are passionate about their local area are welcome to put themselves forward.

Solihull Council are providing an Election briefing for candidates on Tuesday 21 February at 6pm in the Civic Suite, Manor Square, Solihull, B91 3QB.   If any candidates are planning to attend, please contact This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. – you can also join remotely.

Both Balsall and Berkswell Parish Councils are urging enthusiastic and engaged members of our community who want to make a long-lasting change, have innovative ideas or have concerns about a specific issue, to stand as councillors for the opportunity to make a real difference.
The work the parish councils do is interesting and rewarding. An integral part of a councillor’s role is engaging with local people, groups, and businesses to determine their needs, making decisions on the services and projects the council should take forward, and getting involved to ensure services meet the community’s needs.

Parish councils are the lowest tier of local government so our work is at the local level to make a difference. Don’t worry if you don’t have experience in government as training on the operation of parish councils and the role of a councillor, is provided. Find out more about the local elections and how to become a councillor at MAKE A CHANGE ( Alternatively contact the parish council Clerks to arrange to talk to an existing councillor to find out, first hand, what is involved. Contact: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

And don’t forget that if you are voting in person you will need to take photographic identification to the polling station before you will be given a ballot paper – a new requirement in The Elections Act 2022.

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295-297 Kenilworth Road, Balsall Common, CV7 7EL

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