Parish Council Elections 4 May 2023
Last Updated: 22 March 2023
Parish and town council elections have scheduled elections on Thursday 4 May 2023.
Notice of Election for the Parish Council Elections on 4 May 2023
These councils are:
- Aldingham Parish Council
- Arnside Parish Council
- Barbon Parish Council
- Beetham Parish Council
- Burneside Parish Council
- Casterton Parish Council
- Duddon Parish Council
- Egton-with-Newland, Mansriggs & Osmotherley Parish Council
- Grange-over-Sands Town Council
- Hutton Roof Parish Council
- Kirkby Ireleth Parish Council
- Kirkby Lonsdale Parish Council
- Lakes Parish Council
- Lupton Parish Council
- New Hutton Parish Council
- Old Hutton & Holmescales Parish Council
- Pennington Parish Council
- Preston Patrick Parish Council
- Skelsmergh & Scalthwaiterigg Parish Council
- Skelwith Parish Council
- Underbarrow & Bradleyfield Parish Council
- Urswick, Bardsea and Stainton Parish Council
- Windermere and Bowness Town Council
Poll cards will be sent in March. A poll will only take place in the parishes or parish wards where the number of nominations received by the deadline, is greater than the number of seats.
You do not need to attend the polling station if the election for your parish is not contested.
Further information, including lists of who is standing, will be published on this page as the election progresses.
How to stand as a candidate
The Notice of Election provides the start date for the nomination period, which is the earliest time a candidate can submit their nomination papers. The nomination period for these elections begins at 10am on Monday 20 April 2023. The deadline to submit nomination papers is 4pm on Tuesday 4 April 2023. We would encourage you to get your nomination papers informally checked, please contact us to make an appointment to do so.
If you’re interested in standing as a candidate, please contact us or contact the relevant Parish Clerk.
The Electoral Commission has published useful guidance and nomination papers for people considering standing as a candidate in parish council elections.
Voter photographic identification in polling stations
From 4 May 2023 onwards voters in England will need to show a photographic identity (ID) document to vote at a polling station in most elections, including parish council elections. If you don’t have an acceptable form of photo ID with you, the polling station staff won’t be able to issue you with a ballot paper.
If you don't have acceptable photo ID, you can apply for a free ID document called a Voter Authority Certificate.
Photo ID documents can be accepted in a polling station and how to apply for a voter authority certificate.
You can register to vote, apply for postal or proxy vote or apply for a Voter Authority Certificate at any time. However for this election, the deadlines are as follows:
- Register to vote: Midnight on Monday 17 April
- Apply for, change or cancel a postal vote: 5pm on Tuesday 18 April
- Change or cancel an existing proxy vote: 5pm on Thursday 18 April
- Apply for a voter authority certificate: 5pm on Tuesday 25 April
- Apply for a new proxy vote: 5pm on Tuesday 25 April
- The earliest time we can replace lost postal votes: Thursday 27 April
- Apply for an emergency proxy vote: 5pm on polling day, Thursday 4 May
- The latest time we can replace lost or spoiled postal votes: 5pm on polling day, Thursday 4 May