role of a parish councillor

Tingewick Parish CouncilA councillor is a member of the council and is normally elected for a term of four years.

People of any political or religious persuasion are eligible to become a councillor, although their personal views should not extend into their parish council work.

They are elected to represent the interests of the local community as a whole and promote a harmonious local environment. The number of elected councillors depends on the size of the area.

Local councils are the first tier of governance and are the first point of contact for anyone concerned with a community issue. They are democratically elected local authorities and exist in England, Wales and Scotland. The term 'local council' is synonymous with 'parish council', 'town council' and 'community council'.

Local councils are made up of locally elected councillors. They are legally obliged to hold at least one meeting a year. In Buckden, the parish council meets monthly on the second Tuesday of the month at 7.30pm in the Millenium Hall to discuss council business and hear from local residents. Members of the public are welcome to attend the council meetings and the meetings of the planning committee.  We have public forum at each council meeting where residents can raise issues and speak about matters of local concern. Our district and county councillors regularly attend council meetings to report back to the district on developments at parish level.

Councillors attend meetings of the full council and often participate in committees that deal with specific areas of council business. Councillors take collective decisions that form the policy of the council. New councillors in Buckden receive some training in their roles that is provided by CPALC (the Cambridgeshire and Peterborough Association of Local Councils).

Parish councillors are normally elected by a local election for a term of four years.  Occasionally, vacancies arise on the council between elections and the council can then choose to co-opt members onto the council. Being a Parish Councillor can be an interesting and rewarding experience. If you are interested in becoming a councillor and serving and shaping your local community, please contact the Parish Clerk in the first instance for further information.

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