Election battle looms for Plymouth commuter belt
CORNWALL has fired the starting gun in this year's council elections.
Voters go to the polls on May 2 to decide who will represent them in the unitary council and in their local town and parish council on May 2.
Cornwall has been run by a unitary council since district councils were abolished in 2009.
Devon County Council will also hold elections on May 2, but there are no borough or district elections this year.
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Plymouth City Council, which holds elections in three out of every four years, has no poll in 2013.
Nomination packs for anyone who is interested in becoming a councillor in Cornwall are available from the council. Candidates wishing to stand must submit their completed nomination papers to electoral services by noon on Friday, April 5. The final list of people nominated will be published on April 24.
In 2009 there were 123 electoral divisions for Cornwall Council but this has been changed by the Boundary Committee for England to 122 divisions with one multi-member division in the Bude area.
There are 213 parish and town councils in Cornwall, with 309 separate electoral areas.
It is unlikely there will be elections in all areas, however, as some are likely to be uncontested.
Wards up for election near Plymouth are: Callington; Gunnislake and Calstock; Liskeard East; Liskeard North; Liskeard West and Dobwalls; Looe East; Looe West and Lansallos; Loswithiel; Lynher; Menheniot; Rame Peninsula; Saltash East; Saltash North; Saltash South; Saltash West; St Cleer; St Dominick; St Germans and Landulph; Torpoint East; Torpoint West.
In 2009 the Conservatives took 50 county seats, followed by the Liberal Democrats on 38, Independent 32, and Mebyon Kernow 3.
Devon is expected to issue a notice of election next Tuesday, the last day it may legally do so. Nearby seats up for grabs are Tavistock, Yelverton Rural, Bickleigh and Wembury, Ivybridge, Thurlestone, Salcombe and Allington, Totnes Rural and Yealmpton.