Why become a Councillor?
Being a Parish Councillor is an enjoyable way of contributing to your community, and helping to make it a better place to live and work.
Will I get paid for being a Councillor?
Councillors do not receive a salary.
Am I qualified?
Yes – most people are. However there are a few rules:
You have to be: •A British subject, or a citizen of the Commonwealth or the European Union and be 18 years of age or over •A local government elector for the council area for which you want to stand; or •Have during the whole of the 12 months preceding that day occupied as owner or tenant any land or other premises in the council area; or •Have during that same period had your principal or only place of work in the council area; or •During that 12 month period resided in the council area
You cannot become a Parish Councillor if you: •Are subject of a bankruptcy restriction order or interim order •Have, within five years, been convicted in the United Kingdom of any offence and have had a sentence of imprisonment (whether suspended or not) for a period of over three months without the option of a fine •You work for the council you want to become a councillor for (but you can work for other local authorities, including the principal authorities that represent the same area).
Our councillors are all elected or co-opted onto the Council. Attending a meeting is the best way to find out more about the work of the Council. if you would like to become a councillor or find out more about what they do then please follow the links below.
The good councillor's guide (PDF, 1.7 Mb)
A useful guide for new councillors explaining the rules and procedures for local councils
It takes all sorts (PDF, 5.2 Mb)
A publication from the National Association of Local Councils explaining the role of a Parish Councillor.
- The Electoral Commission - Guidance for Candidates (PDF, 103 Kb)
This document applies to parish and community council elections only.
What matters to you in your local area?
Whatever you feel is important to our village, you could help by becoming a local councillor.