Downham Market has 4 wards;
Each ward has 5 Councillors in
Councillors can only stand for
Town Council if they live within 3 miles of any ward, or if they are working
in Downham Market.
He or she must be over 21 years of age and
qualified as an elector. This is only general guidance and the full
regulations are available to view at the Town Council offices
Each Councillor has to serve on 2
If a ward does not have enough
Councillors standing for election, it means the ward is uncontested
& the Standing Councillors are automatically placed in that ward, & an
election for that ward will not be held.
If a poll is claimed by ten
electors a bye-election of the usual kind by nomination and poll takes place
within 60 days of the notice of vacancy. If no poll is claimed within 14 days
of the notice of a vacancy, the Town Council may co-opt a new
Councillor. Further regulations apply which can be viewed at the Town
People who are interested in
becoming a Councillor for an uncontested ward can only become a Councillor in
that ward if the Full Town Council vote them in.
This is called co-opting.
Town Council comprises 20 members, elected every 4 years. The Mayor is elected
each year in May.
Council has five Standing Committees;
Jubilee Community Centre
The former ATC Hut
The Town Hall
Town Hall car park
Hollies No. 1 & 2 Car Parks (Morrisons) - they pay for their own
The Old Fire Station Building and Car Park
Paradise Road Complete site including : -
Town Council Offices
Paradise Road Car Parks
Paradise Garage building
Meetings of the Full Town Council are held at 7.00pm in the Town Council Offices
on the 2nd Tuesday in the months of January, February, March, April, May, June, July, September, October, November, and on the 3rd
Tuesday in May.
members of the public are very welcome to come along to these meetings and
listen to Councillors comments and views on the various topics that concern
Downham Market and there is always a public participation opportunity to ask
questions and put your point of view.
meeting dates can be found by clicking here