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Role of a Parish Councillor

Who are the Parish Councillors?

Suitably qualified persons become members of the Council on election by residents on the electoral roll. Elections are normally called, by statute, every fourth year. Casual vacancies caused by vacancies arising between elections, can be filled by co-option, if there are no contesting candidates. The parish is required to bear the cost of elections.

A Parish Councillor is a volunteer and receives no financial reward.

What do Parish Councillors do?

They are all available to help and assist in any Parish related matters. A Parish Councillor is held accountable by the local people for things that happen locally and will try to make a difference by influencing decisions which affect the community. They are elected to represent the interests of the local community as a whole and promote a harmonious local environment.

Councillors must never use their position to secure personal advantage for themselves, family or friends and must not do anything that brings the council into disrepute.
All Councillors are required to maintain proper standards of behaviour as an elected representative of the people. They are all bound by a 'Code of Conduct' developed that was developed by the "Standards Board for England". The purpose of the code is to ensure all in public office conduct themselves in a responsible way, with respect, with impartiality, without compromise, discrimination, or conflict of interest.

A Chairman and Vice-Chairman are elected annually at the Annual Parish Meeting usually in May and each councillor is elected by members to serve on sub-committees (where established) and/or may be asked to take lead responsibility for one or more areas of interest.