21 July 2017
Carolyn English has lived in Peterborough for nearly 15 years with her husband and four children.
Carolyn works for the East of England Ambulance Service. She is also an actress and has appeared in a number of theatre productions in Peterborough as a member of Mask Theatre. She is currently a member of Mask’s committee and is the assistant director for Mask’s production of Shakespeare’s Macbeth. She is a Zoology graduate with a special interest in animal welfare. Carolyn’s oldest son has autism, so she is very familiar with the challenges facing families with disabled children in Park ward.
If elected, Carolyn would dedicate herself to working hard for every Park resident and would strive to protect the green spaces that make Park such a special ward to live in.
A larger number of people than usual will not be able to vote in person in an August election.
Schools and universities are on holiday, so this election falls in peak get away time for families and students. Most of us are thinking about buckets and spades rather than yet more ballot papers. (2017 was supposed to be an election free year!).
If you know you will be or are very likely to be away on the 17th August but you would be able to vote by post (ie you will be there to pick up your ballot paper if it is sent to you in advance by the council by post) you can apply for a "one off postal vote".
If you are not able to handle your own vote at all and you normally use a "proxy vote" (ie you are happy to authorise someone - your proxy - you trust to vote for you) please check that your proxy will be able to vote for you on the day. If they are ALSO going to be away you need to find a new proxy who will be able to vote on your behalf and your signed form must reach the council by the 2nd August. You can download the form from the council's website.
Go here to find out about proxy voting. (ignore the deadline given online: it hasn't been updated yet to 2nd August)
New applications for absent voters are slightly more relaxed:
A casual vacancy arises when a councillor does not serve to the end of the term for which they were elected. Another casual vacancy arose earlier in Eye & Thorney, but the council will not and cannot call a by election unless and until it receives petitions as explained here. If residents do not petition the council in sufficient time, they remain unrepresented by the councillor they are entitled to until the next round of elections scheduled for Thursday 3rd May 2018. A by election cannot be called less than six months before a scheduled election.