Vacancy for a Parish Councillor
- Do you want to serve your Community?
- Do you have time or expertise which could benefit your Community?
- Are you concerned about your local area?
- Do you want to make a difference to all those around you?
- Do you want to represent the views of local people?
If you would like to make a difference, and be involved in shaping the future of your local Community, why not step forward and apply to become a Norton Lindsey Parish Councillor?
What is a councillor?
Councillors are elected to represent an individual geographical unit on the council, known as a ward or parish: in Norton Lindsey it is the entire parish. They are generally elected by the public every four years, but there is currently a Co-option space available on the Parish Council due to the resignation of a Councillor.
What do councillors do?
Councillors have three main components to their work.
1. Decision making:
Through meetings 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.
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 the activities of the Parish Council, what the councillor wants to achieve and how much time is available.
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 an enjoyable way of contributing to your community, and helping to make it a better place to live and work.
NLPC usually meets once a month for the council meeting to which members of the public are also invited. In addition to regular meetings Councillors are required to give time for ‘ad hoc’ meetings and discussions, for example to discuss planning applications that the council must give its opinions on. Correspondence is also circulated via email to councillors for review.
You will be supported in your role and training is available where required and relevant.
You should be comfortable working electronically.
Please note, all Parish Councillors are volunteers; they do not get paid.
Are you eligible?
To be a councillor you must be:
- a British, Commonwealth or EU citizen, and
- be at least 18 years old, and
- be an elector of the parish,
in the past 12 months have occupied (as owner or tenant) land or other premises in the parish
in the past 12 months worked in the parish
in the past 12 months resided either in the parish or within 3 miles of it
If you are interested in applying, please complete the co-option application and eligibility forms which are available on the website (nortonlindseypc.org) or from the Clerk. Alternatively, if you would like an informal chat, please contact the Clerk.
Completed applications should be returned to the Clerk by 9.00am on Tuesday 31 August 2021.
Jennifer Bendall, Clerk, Norton Lindsey Parish Council, 7 Brick Kiln Close, Norton Lindsey, Warwick, CV35 8DL
Telephone: 01926 843534
Remember this is YOUR parish! Be part of its future!