Parish council elections

These elections are held every four years.  Parish councillors are responsible for services such as allotments, bus shelters, cemeteries, community centres, footpaths, public clocks, public toilets, recreation facilities and war memorials. Cheltenham has five parish councils:

How are the votes counted?

The first past the post voting system is used for Parish council elections. This means the candidate with the most votes is elected; they do not need to get more than half of the votes cast.  If there is a tie then a candidate is selected by the drawing of lots (a method of selection by chance such as tossing a coin or picking a name out of a hat).