On May 2nd 2019, local residents from across Bracknell Forest will vote for their local Borough Councillors as well as the local Town or Parish Councillors depending on which part of Bracknell Forest they reside in. This page aims to give you an overview of what you’re voting for in these elections.
Any Residents over the age of 18 can vote so long as they are on the electoral roll. If you would like to register to vote, you can do so on the GOV.UK website (https://www.gov.uk/register-to-vote)
You can find our more about our candidates and our commitments below:
BRACKNELL FOREST BOROUGH
Bracknell Forest is a unitary authority, meaning that we have single-tier local government (i.e. there’s no County Council for Berkshire). The Borough Council is therefore responsible for all local government services, ranging from roads and street lighting all the way through to housing benefits and social care.
Bracknell Forest Council is made up of 42 Councillors, split across the Borough’s 18 wards. The current composition is 41 Conservatives and 1 Labour Councillor. This really does not provide a very balanced local government and means that the opportunity for scrutiny is vastly reduced.
If you live in Bracknell or Sandhurst, you will receive a second ballot paper on May 2nd in order to vote for your Town Councillors. These are elected bodies which focus on issues such as the local environment and public spaces, planning advice and providing community grants.
The current composition on Bracknell Town Council is 25 Conservatives and 2 Labour members with Sandhurst Town Council being 24 Conservatives and no opposition.
If you live in Binfield, Crowthorne, Warfield or Winkfield then your second ballot paper will be to elect members to your local Parish Council. Parish Council’s have similar remits to the Town Councils, however they tend to cover communities of small hamlets and villages rather than larger settlements such as Bracknell Town.
Some Parish Councils require their members to be apolitical and not run under the banner of any political parties. This is however not the case in Crowthorne, Warfield or Winkfield. For example, in Crowthorne the current Parish Council has 12 Conservative members and no opposition.