Election day looming

Ballot box
Ballot box

Chorley goes to the polls for its council elections later this month.

All eyes will be on whether the Labour-controlled authority can retain power in the town hall - it currently has the slenderest majority of one - following polling day on May 22.

The line up of candidates was announced on Friday.

Labour and the Conservatives will be contesting all 17 seats up for grabs, UKIP will be making a bold bid, fighting 10.

The Liberal Democrats are contesting four and the Independents and Greens three each.

There are no elections in the parishes as they are uncontested.

The existing Chorley Council line-up (47 seats in total) is Labour 24 councillors; Conservative 20; Independent Group 2; Coppull Independent one.

The candiates are:

ADLINGTON and ANDERTON: Hayden Clewlow (UKIP); Graham Dunn (Labour); Philip William Pilling (Liberal Democrat)

Charlotte Woods (Conservative)

ASTLEY and BUCKSHAW: Matthew John Lynch (Labour); Jeffrey Flinders Mallinson (UKIP) Alan Platt (Conservative)

CHISNALL: Harold Heaton (Conservative): Alan Whittaker (Labour).

CHORLEY EAST: Anne Calderbank (The Green Party); Mel Coombes (Independent); Alan Cullens (Conservative); Hasina Khan (Labour); Christopher Stuart (UKIP).

CHORLEY NORTH EAST: Matt Hansford (Conservative); Alistair William Morwood (Labour).

CHORLEY NORTH WEST: Aaron Beaver (Labour); Peter Malpas (Conservative); Ralph Snape (Independent).

CHORLEY SOUTH EAST: Sarah Kiley (Conservative): David John McManus (UKIP); Bev Murray (Labour): David Porter (Liberal Democrat); Alistair James Straw (The Green Party).

CHORLEY SOUTH WEST: Dominic Jewell (Conservative); Roy Lees (Labour).

CLAYTON-LE-WOODS NORTH: Charlie Bromilow (Labour); Stephen John Fenn (Liberal Democrat); Mark Lee (The Green Party);

Raymond McGrady (UKIP); Chris Morris (Conservative).

CLAYTON-LE-WOODS WEST and CUERDEN: Paul Clark (Labour); Mick Muncaster (Conservative).

COPPULL: Kenneth William Ball (Independent); Tom Norris (Conservative); Mark Smith (UKIP); Richard Toon (Labour).

ECCLESTON and MAWDESLEY: Richard George Croll (UKIP)); Stan Ely (Labour); Keith Iddon (Conservative).

EUXTON NORTH: Mike Handley (Labour); Stuart Rickaby (UKIP); Robert Aron Wilding (Conservative).

EUXTON SOUTH: Mark Andrew Jarnell (Labour and Co-operative); Debra Platt (Conservative); David William Smithies (UKIP).

CLAYTON-LE-WOODS and WHITTLE-LE-WOODS: Eric Bell (Conservative); Glenda Charlesworth (Liberal Democrat); Dan Croft (Labour).

PENNINE: Gordon France (Labour); Marie Elizabeth Gray (Conservative); Tom Shorrock (UKIP).

WHEELTON and WITHNELL: Margaret Mary France (Labour); Alison Marie Hansford (Conservative).

As well as the borough elections, residents will also have the chance to vote for their choice of political party to represent them in Europe.

But you need to be registered to be able to vote and the closing date for registration is Tuesday, May 6.

Gary Hall, Chorley Council’s Chief Executive and Returning Officer, said: “It’s really important that people use their vote because it is an opportunity to have your say and influence who represents you on the council and in Europe.

“The elections on May 22 might seem some time off, but people haven’t got long to register to vote if they need to do so.

“If you are already on the electoral register then you don’t need to do anything – if you are unsure as to whether you’re registered to vote then contact the council and we will be able to tell you.”

If you are already on the electoral register and would like a postal vote rather than go to a polling station on election day, then you can apply for one by contacting the council and returning the completed form before 5pm on May 7.

If you’re not on the electoral register, you can download a form from chorley.gov.uk/elections, however the law does not allow registration online, so the completed forms must be sent to the council’s Election Office at Chorley Town Hall by May 6.

Requests for postal votes can also be made online but again completed forms would have to be sent to the council’s election office at the town hall. For more help and advice please telephone 01257 515151 or visit the website.