Being a parish councillor is rewarding and the opportunity to act as a champion of your community. Councillors represent the parish and help give residents a voice on the decisions the council makes. You can bring about change and:
- make a real difference in your community by engaging with residents, local groups and businesses to find out their needs,
- make decisions on which services and projects the council should take forward and
- get involved locally to ensure the services are meeting your community’s needs.
If you are interested in becoming a councillor please contact the clerk by email at firstname.lastname@example.org
There are some rules for standing as a councillor (either elected or co-opted) and you must:
- be at least 18 years old
- be a British citizen, an eligible Commonwealth citizen or a citizen of any member state of the European Union, and
- meet at least one of the following four qualifications:
- You are, and will continue to be, registered as a local government elector for the parish/community in which you wish to stand from the day of your nomination onwards.
- You have occupied as owner or tenant any land or other premises in the parish/community area during the whole of the 12 months before the day of your nomination and the day of election.
- Your main or only place of work during the 12 months prior to the day of your nomination and the day of election has been in the parish/community area.
- You have lived in the parish/community area or within three miles of it during the whole of the 12 months before the day of your nomination and the day of election.
You cannot be a councillor if:
- You are employed by the parish council
- You are the subject of a bankruptcy restrictions order or interim order.
- You have been sentenced to a term of imprisonment of three months or more during the five years before polling day.
- You have been disqualified under the Representation of the People Act 1983.
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