Do you want to become a Parish Councillor and represent your village?

With extensive cuts being felt right across the sector Bembridge Parish Council had decided that it did want to take on additional services and facilities to provide the best village it can for its residents and visitors over the past 5 years. Also being proactive and leading the way on the Island looking into partnership working and clustering to deliver more whilst keeping the precept increases low.  The Parish Council raised a precept of £140,000 in 2016/17 for a budget of £224,180 servicing a population of 3682 (June 2013 ONS).

Ordinary Elections are held every 4 years and the next round is on 4th May 2017. All 12 seats become vacant. The publication of notice of election is Monday 27th March 2017. Blank nomination forms will be available in the Parish Office from 27th March. The deadline for receipt of nominations is 4.00pm Tuesday 4th April 2017. Completed nomination papers have to be hand delivered to the Electoral Services Manager, Isle of Wight Council, before this time. If you are not registered to vote the deadline to do so is Thursday 13th April 2017.  

Full guidance notes can be found on the Electoral Commissions website

Further information about what the Parish Council does and the Elections process is available in the Parish Office or website


May 4th Elections - Timetable

Local Councils - What do they do?

Can you stand for election?

Standing as a party candidate

The campaign

Your right to attend key electrol events

After the declaration



Vote by Post!  

Are you Registered to Vote?


Do you know you can apply for a postal vote?

Registered Electors can now choose to vote at any election (Local, Parliamentary or European) by post. You can request a postal vote for a specific election, for a set time period, or to run indefinitely. To apply, fill in a Postal Voting application form, each person requiring a postal vote must fill in a form.

Reasons why you should register
• It gives you a say on important issues that affect you
• It gives you a say on who runs the country, who sits on your local council, and who represents you in   Europe
• If you’re a student living away from home, you can register twice (although you can only vote once)
• Elections can be called at short notice
• If you’re not registered you won’t be able to vote
• Because it’s easier than you think!


You can only vote in elections if your name is on the Register of Electors.
For more details:
- contact your parish or ward councillor
- contact IW Council Tel: 821000

More information also available at: