Residents of Little Baddow, Danbury and Sandon will be electing a new member of Chelmsford City Council in May.

The council will be holding a by-election on Thursday 5 May, following the resignation of Cllr Bob Shepherd. This is your opportunity to choose who will represent you, so the council is encouraging everyone to take part.

Your council is responsible for providing and overseeing local services, from housing and environmental health to arts and leisure, and your councillor looks after concerns and issues in your neighbourhood, so it is important to make your voice count.

Polling cards will start to be issued on 28 March, and the list of candidates will be published the following week, on Wednesday 6 April. You can check where your polling station is on the back of your poll card or by searching your address on the council website.

To vote in these elections you have to be registered in your ward. You can check your ward on the map. If you are not registered to vote, you need to register on the GOV.UK website by midnight on Thursday 14 April.

If you voted in the last election and have not moved or changed your details since then, you do not need to register again.

For many people it is more convenient to vote by post, so please remember that the deadline to apply for a postal vote is Tuesday 19 April. You can find more information about your council and elections on the council website.

By chelmsfordcitycomms

Sam writes stories about emergencies, housing, public health, finance, planning and development, community safety and community sport. Contact her on 01245 606459 or at samantha.dordoy@chelmsford.gov.uk.

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