The Parish Council office have received a number of queries regarding the current councillor vacancy, which will be filled by co-option. The queries are centred around the role of the Parish Council and Parish Councillors individually. Please see the information below which answers these queries.

The deadline for receiving any application forms (found on the policies page of this website) is Friday 5th July 2019.

If you have any further questions, please do not hesitate to contact the Parish Council office.

ROLE OF THE PARISH COUNCIL

The role of the Parish Council is to represent the interests of the whole community. It is the first tier of local government supporting the democratic process. The Parish Council is a corporate body, a legal entity, and is accountable to the local community. The decisions made are the responsibility of the whole Council and are made by a majority vote.

ROLE OF PARISH COUNCILLORS

The main role of a Parish Councillor is to represent the views and needs of all residents within the local community.

Parish Councillors are holders of an elected public office role, not volunteers or employees. They are not paid for their role but can receive expenses.

Generally, a Parish Councillor will serve the community for a 4 year term, unless co-opted or elected in a bye-election when they serve until the next election (May 2021).

Councillors contribute to the work of the Parish Council by participating in the decision making process and by responding to matters raised by the community. They must comply with legislation and with the Code of Conduct. Occasionally there will be a conflict of interest or the need to make difficult decisions in an open, honest and reasoned way. Councillors are also required to act in an ethical way and to declare an interest when necessary.

Individual Parish Councillors cannot make decisions on behalf of the Council – Parish Councillors have no powers outside of the Council meeting.

KEY RESPONSIBILITIES

• As part of the Parish Council, Councillors have responsibility for running local services such as allotments, burial grounds, bus shelters, car parks, defibrillators, footpaths, litter bins, neighbourhood planning, newsletters, open spaces, traffic calming, village halls, war memorials and potentially much more.

• Putting together a budget and applying for the precept in order to deliver services.

• Commenting on planning applications in the Parish.

• Improving the quality of life and the environment in the local area.

• Working to identify issues which are important to the lives of the residents represented.

• Lobbying other service providers and working in partnership with other Parishes, local authorities and agencies.

• A Councillor agrees to attend all meetings (as reasonably possible) that he or she is summoned to. Meetings are normally held on Wednesday evenings.

• Employing staff.