By-elections announced in Woodside and Park Hill and Whitgift

Voters in two Croydon wards – Woodside, and Park Hill and Whitgift – will be electing two new councillors on 2 May 2024. This follows the resignation of Councillor Mike Bonello (Woodside) and Councillor Jade Appleton (Park Hill and Whitgift).

The Notice of Election for both vacancies has now been published. Nominations close at 4pm on Friday 5 April 2024 and a list of candidates will be published shortly after.

Voting for the by-elections will take place on 2 May, when electors all over the capital head to their local polling station for the London Mayoral and Greater London Assembly elections. Electors in Woodside ward, and in Park Hill and Whitgift ward, will be able to vote for their local councillors at the same time. Polling stations will be open from 7am-10pm on 2 May. Find your local polling station.

The by-election counts will be held alongside the count for the London Mayoral and London Assembly elections on either 3 May or 4 May 2024. Results will be announced as soon as available.

To vote in the by-elections and the London elections, residents must be registered to vote by 11:59pm on Tuesday 16 April. The quickest way to register to vote is to apply online, it takes just five minutes and all you need is your National Insurance number. You must be aged 18 or over on polling day, and a British, Irish, Commonwealth or European Union citizen to vote in elections. If you have recently moved home, changed your name or nationality, please check that you are registered and update your details.

Voters in England are now required to show photo ID at a polling station and will not be allowed to vote in the by-elections or the London elections without it. To find out what photo ID is acceptable or to apply for a free voter ID certificate if you don’t have one, visit

Anyone who wants to vote by post or via nominated proxy vote can now apply online. The deadline to apply for a postal vote for these elections is 5pm Wednesday 17 April. The deadline to apply for a proxy to vote on your behalf is 5pm Wednesday 24 April. If you choose to vote by proxy, your nominated person will need to show their own photo ID to vote at a polling station.

You’ll need to be registered to vote in the Woodside and Park Hill and Whitgift by-elections, as well as in the London elections on 2 May. If you are not already registered, please visit our website to find out how – it’s quick and easy.

“The law has changed and now requires us all to show photo ID at polling stations in order to vote. Please check you’ve got an acceptable form of ID and if you don’t, apply in good time for the free Voter Authority Certificate. With these being Croydon’s first elections since the changes, please do remind your friends, family and neighbours not to forget their photo ID on 2 May.”

Katherine Kerswell, Returning Officer for Croydon Council

For more information on the by-elections, including how to obtain a nomination pack to stand as a candidate or for deadlines for registration and voting by post or by proxy, visit the Notice of vacancy in office of councillor: Woodside and Park Hill and Whitgift wards on the council’s website.

2024-03-26T17:04:32+00:00 March 26th, 2024|Recent news|