Being a Councillor
Curry Rivel Parish Council needs a new team member; if you have resided within the parish for atleastone year, are over 18 years of age and wish to make a difference, then contact the Clerk on 07714 510828 or email firstname.lastname@example.org
What is a councillor?
Councillors are elected to represent an individual geographical unit on the council, known as a ward or parish – in Curry Rivel it is the entire parish. They are generally elected by the public every four years, but there is currently a space available on the Parish Council as we've received a resignation.
What do councillors do?
Councillors have three main components to their work.
1. Decision making – Through meetings and attending committees with other elected members,
councillors decide which activities to support, where money should be spent, what services should be delivered and what policies should be implemented.
2. Monitoring – Councillors make sure that their decisions lead to efficient and effective services by keeping an eye on how well things are working.
3. Getting involved locally – As local representatives, councillors have responsibilities towards their constituents and local organisations. These responsibilities and duties often depend on what the councillor wants to achieve and how much time is available, and may include:
Going to meetings of local organisations
Going to meetings of bodies affecting the wider community
Taking up issues on behalf of members of the public
How much time does it take up?
Quite often councillors say that their duties occupy them for about an hour a week. Obviously, there are some councillors who spend more time than this – and some less, but in the main, being a parish councillor is a satisfying way of contributing to your community and helping to make it a better place to live and work.
As a councillor representing your community, you will be supported in your role and will be expected to undertake training. You should be comfortable working electronically. You should have a positive outlook, a can-do attitude, want to make a difference and be willing to work as part of a team.
If after reading this notice you are interested in finding out more or registering your interest in becoming a councillor, please contact the clerk to the council using the above details.