Information on being a Parish Councillor
Are you interested in being a Parish Councillor?
What are community, parish and town councils?
Parish and town councils are corporate bodies and local authorities. They have a powerful voice to represent local people.
What do these councils do?
Parish and town councils are the part of local government closest to the people. They serve the smallest area and are responsible for the most local of matters. Very importantly, these councils can "precept" - raising a sum collected with the council tax each year to improve facilities and services for local people.
Parish Councils have a number of basic responsibilities in making the lives of local communities more comfortable, many of which are often taken for granted. Essentially these powers fall within three main categories: representing the whole electorate within the parish; delivering services to meet local needs; and striving to improve quality of life in the parish. Individual powers include the provision and maintenance of community transport schemes, traffic calming measures, local youth projects, tourism activities, leisure facilities, car parks, village greens, public lavatories, litter bins, street lighting, street cleaning, burial grounds, allotments, bus shelters, commons, opens spaces, footpaths, bridleways, and crime reduction measures.
How much time does it take up?
Parish Council meetings are on the first Tuesday every month and Parish Councillors are asked to be a member of a sub-committee which meets monthly (Amenity, Planning, Finance). Quite often councillors say that their duties occupy them for approx eight hours a month. Obviously there are some councillors who spend more time than this - and some less, but in the main, being a community, parish and town councillor is an enjoyable way of contributing to your community, and helping to make it a better place to live and work.
for more information contact Julie at Bromham Parish Council. 01234 828851.