A third of Chorley borough’s seats will be up for election on May 22.

Labour will be looking to consolidate control of the council while the Tories will be seeking a shift in power as 17 seats are contested.

Labour and the Conservatives have candidates in all 17 seats, UKIP are contesting 10, Liberal Democrats four and Independents and Greens will fight three seats each.

The number of seats on the council is 47 and the existing council make-up is Labour 24, Conservative 20 with two Independents and a single Coppull Independent.

Chorley’s longest serving member, councillor Dennis Edgerley is stepping down from the council this year.

He has served as a councillor for more than 40 years, since the borough was formed in its present guise in 1974.

Residents are being urged to make sure they’re registered to vote as local and European elections.

Voters need to be registered to be able to take part and the closing date for registration is Tuesday, May 6.

Gary Hall, Chorley Council’s chief executive and returning officer, said: “It’s really important that people use their vote because it is an opportunity to have your say and influence who represents you on the council and in Europe.

“The elections on May 22 might seem some time off, but people haven’t got long to register to vote if they need to do so.

“If you are already on the electoral register then you don’t need to do anything – if you are unsure as to whether you’re registered to vote then contact the council and we will be able to tell you.”

If you are already on the electoral register and would like a postal vote rather than go to a polling station on election day, then you can apply for one by contacting the council and returning the completed form before 5pm on May 7.

The names of those standing in the elections are now available and can be found on the council’s website chorley.gov.uk/elections.