Could you be a Green Councillor?

Next May we have a real chance to elect a new, and more representative, generation of councillors to Reigate & Banstead Council, including some new Green ones!

All 45 councillors will be elected or re-elected on the same day, following changes to the ward boundaries.

We are looking for people to stand as Green candidates, to campaign to be elected and then to represent their communities, champion Green values, and help scrutinise the Conservative Council’s policies and hold them to account.

Diversity matters

We believe a diverse team of councillors would make the best decisions.

So we’d particularly like to hear from women, black and minority ethnic people, and people with disabilities, all of which are under-represented both in our team and on the Council as a whole.

Could it be you?

You don’t have to have any particular qualifications to become a councillor – you just need to be able to listen to people and work hard to make a difference.

Find out more about what’s involved

There is a lot more information, including an Eligibility Quiz, on this website: beacouncillor.co.uk/reigate-and-banstead

If you’d like to know more about what’s involved – with absolutely no obligation! – come along to The Hatch pub in Reigate on Wednesday 5 September at 8.15pm. Or contact us on info@redhillgreens.org.uk

The Council is also holding drop-in information events on 21 August and 5 September from 12.00pm-1.30pm and 6.30pm-8.00pm at the Town Hall, Reigate. To register your interest or find out more about these, see beacouncillor.co.uk/reigate-and-banstead. Click on the ‘Events’ tab.

‘A great privilege’

Cllr Jonathan Essex, who has represented Redhill East on Reigate and Banstead Borough councillor since 2010 and on Surrey County Council since 2013, says, “It has been a great privilege, meeting all sorts of interesting people and being able to help with their projects and try to turn community ideas into reality. I’ve worked on a range of issues: from where houses are planned, recycling to potholes, to improving our cycling and community facilities.

“It’s also been frustrating at times – as a member of a small opposition party you need patience and diplomacy for different voices to be heard. That’s why I hope more people will stand with the Greens to create a stronger voice for residents across all our communities on the Council.”

Read more:

Reigate & Banstead Council’s ‘Be a Councillor’ website

Consultation on the new ward boundaries

Visit the Redhill Green councillors’ website

 

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