What IS a Parish Councillor?

Have you ever thought of being a Parish Councillor?

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Here’s an overview.

It is a voluntary role

Eligibilty To be able to stand as a Parish Councillor you must:

• Be at least 18 years old

• Be a British citizen, an eligible Commonwealth citizen or a citizen of any other member state of the European Union, and

• Meet at least ONE of the following four qualifications:

a. You are, and will continue to be, registered as a local government elector for the parish/community in which you wish to stand from the day of your nomination onwards.

b. You have occupied as owner or tenant any land or other premises in the parish/community area during the whole of the 12 months before the day of your nomination and the day of election.

c. Your main or only place of work during the 12 months prior to the day of your nomination and the day of election has been in the parish/community area.

d. You have lived in the parish/community area or within three miles of it during the whole of the 12 months before the day of your nomination and the day of election.

What is the Parish Council Responsible For?

The Parish Council has an overall responsibility for the well being of the local neighbourhood.  Our work falls into three main categories:

• Representing the local community

• Delivering services to meet local needs

• Striving to improve the quality of life in the local area

We provide, maintain or contribute to the following services:

Bus shelters                 Litter bins        Community Centres    Local youth projects

Street lighting             Planning          Street Cleaning           Festivals and celebrations

Parks and open spaces and many more!

The Parish Council often works with North Kesteven District Council and Lincolnshire County Council to ensure the effective delivery of services to the local community.

How do they make decisions?

The council is made up of 15 councillors meeting the second Monday of every month (except August) to make decisions on the work and direction of the Parish. As an elected body, we are responsible to the people we represent – that’s the local community.

What do local councillors do?

Councillors have three main areas of work:

1. Decision-making: through attending meetings and 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. This often depends on what the councillor would like to achieve and how much time is available.

 

If you are interested in becoming a Parish Councillor please contact the Parish Clerk, Mrs Andrea Smith on 01522 722793 or email waddington@n-kesteven.gov.uk, or call into the Parish Office on the High Street, Waddington.