Parish Council By-Election

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News release: 31 August 2018

A by-election is due to be held for a seat on London Colney Parish Council following the resignation of Councillor James Hopkins.

The election for the North West Ward which has around 2,500 voters is take place on Thursday 4 October with two polling stations open from 7am to 10pm.

The term of office will be to May next year when an election for all nine Parish Council seats is to be held.

Nomination papers for candidates can be submitted from Thursday 30 August until 4pm on Friday 7 September to the Returning Officer.

The candidate list will be announced the following Monday with the election going ahead if there is more than one person put forward.

Those eligible to vote will need to be on the electoral register by Tuesday 18 September to be able to do so. Anyone not registered can do so online at

The Parish Council is responsible for a number of leisure facilities in its area including the community centre, allotments, footpaths and playgrounds.

Residents who are unable to get to a polling station on 4 October can apply to vote by post or proxy. Proxy voting allows you to nominate someone else to cast your vote for you, although you have to give a reason for this.  

The deadline for postal vote applications is 5pm on Wednesday 19 September.  

Proxy vote applications need to be received by 5pm on Wednesday 26 September, although an emergency proxy vote can be made by 5pm on election day.

Polling cards will be sent out around 1 September and postal votes will be issued around 20 September.

Forms to apply to vote by post or proxy are available from the Electoral Services Office, St Albans City and District Council, The Civic Centre, St Peter’s Street, St Albans. AL1 3JE. 

Inquiries can be made by email on or by telephone on 01727 819294.  

Nomination forms are available from the Civic Centre where the Returning Officer is based or the Parish Council’s Offices at the London Colney Community Centre, Caledon Road, London Colney AL2 1PU. 

For more information about London Colney Parish Council, please see:

Media contact
John McJannet, Principal Communications Officer, St Albans City and District Council. Tel: 01727-296130 

To vote in the Parish Council by-election you must be registered to vote at an address in the ward, 18 years old or over on polling day, and also be one of the following: a British citizen, a qualifying Commonwealth citizen, or a citizen of the European Union; a resident in the UK; and not be subject to any legal incapacity to vote.

The following cannot vote: anyone other than British, qualifying Commonwealth or European Union citizens; convicted persons detained in pursuance of their sentences, excluding contempt of court (though remand prisoners, unconvicted prisoners and civil prisoners can vote if they are on the electoral register); and anyone found guilty within the previous five years of corrupt or illegal practices in connection with an election.