The reality of being a councillor

You should consider becoming a parish councillor if:

  • You want to do something positive for the community
  • You want to spend your time productively
  • You can think, listen and act locally, in the best interests of the parish of Collyweston
  • You want to give something back to your community

The Role

Parish councillors are elected by the public at an election, normally held on the first Thursday in May every four years.  The next election will be in May 2019. Being a parish councillor is an unpaid position although allowances to cover costs are available. Your term of office is 4 years.

Collyweston Parish Council does lots of good things for the community:

  • Pays for the mowing of the churchyard and the cemetery
  • As Trustee of the charity that runs the Playing Field, it helps to ensure that there are constant improvements to the equipment and facilities
  • Comments on all planning applications relating the the village, with the aim of making sure that all development is appropriate and in keeping with the village
  • Pays for all the street lighting in the village
  • Keeps an eye on trees with preservation orders and any other trees in public spaces
  • Organises public meetings and represents the public regarding significant developments
  • Worked with a housing association to bring 6 new affordable homes to The Drove
  • Attends regular meetings with Police, with Planning experts, and with the operators of the landfill site at King’s Cliffe

These are just some of the things that Collyweston Parish Council gets involved with. Do you have a particular project in mind? Join the council and try to make it happen!

Effort required

TIME – It is possible to spend a lot of time on parish council work – but most people have jobs, families and hobbies that also demand a lot of time. However, as with most things, the more you put in, the more you (and the village) will get out. Expect to spend 4-5 hours per month initially on average, with a greater proportion of those hours occurring just before and just after a meeting.

Collyweston Parish Council normally meets in the evening on the 2nd Thursday of every month (except August). It is IMPORTANT to know the pattern of meetings to make sure they can accommodate your domestic and/or business arrangements. The council sometimes has committees too; these meet occasionally, in between the meetings of the full parish council.

COST – Being a councillor should cost you little. There is usually cover for travel expenses if your duties take you out of the village. This allowance will be determined by the council, and will be within a maximum laid down by the Government.

Eligibility and requirements

Initially, you may have little knowledge of Council work but this will come, along with experience and confidence.

As a new Councillor you will bring to the Council fresh enthusiasm and new ideas, a care for your community and a willingness to learn.

You are qualified to be a councillor if, when nominated you are –

  • a British subject or Irish citizen,
  • 18 years of age, and
  • either in the list of electors for the parish or have during the whole of the preceding twelve months
    • occupied land as owner or tenant in it, or
    • had a principal place of work there, or
    • resided in or within three miles of it.

What next?

If you are considering becoming a councillor by co-option, you can get further details from the Parish Clerk Mrs Hemingway.

Please Contact

 

Mrs Jo Hemingway
Clerk to Collyweston Parish Council
19 Westonville
Collyweston
Stamford PE9 3PQ

T: 01780 444311
E: collypc@btinternet.com

You can also contact any of the current councillors to ask what it is really like to be a councillor, and how Collyweston Parish Council works.

There is also a wealth of information about the election process on the Electoral Commission website.

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