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Mar192019

Parish Councillors wanted!

WANTED – 10 PARISH COUNCILLORS

NOMINATION FORMS NOW AVAILABLE FROM PARISH COUNCIL OFFICE

Role

Parish Councillor

Responsible to

All people resident within Yarnton

Regular liaison with

Other councillors, local authorities, residents

Period of service

Four year term of office from May 2019

Salary

This is a voluntary position, expenses can be paid

 Main purpose:            Representing the views of all residents within your parish.

Secondary purpose:

As part of a local council you will have responsibility for:

running local services which may include: open spaces, play areas, village halls, community car schemes and potentially much more.

Deciding on how much to raise through the council tax in order to deliver your council’s services.

Influencing and shaping the long term development policy for the parish, and as part of the planning process, comment on planning applications in the parish.

Improve the quality of life and the environment in their local area.

Working to identify issues which are important to the lives of the residents you represent.

Working to bring about improvements through local projects, lobbying other service providers and working in partnership with other parishes and agencies.

 

History of parish councils

The current system of parish councils was formed by the Local Government Act 1894. There are currently around 10,000 parish councils in the country.

Any community can ask to have a parish council and, in fact, many new parishes have been formed in recent years -particularly in urban areas.

Parish councils are the tier of local government which is closest to individual communities and therefore have the greatest potential for identifying, understanding and addressing the needs of the communities they serve.

While some larger councils are run along party political lines, there is no expectation that you have to join a political party. Yarnton parish council is not split by party politics.

 

Person specification

Criteria

Essential

Desirable

Over 18 and on the electoral register

Y

 

A resident of Yarnton (although there are certain exceptions)

Y

 

Able to attend regular evening meetings

Y

 

Interest in local issues and things which affect people.

Y

 

Keen to improve the local environment and quality of life.

 

Y

An understanding and willingness to represent the views of the whole community.

Y

 

An interest in learning and developing your role in the community

 

Y

 

Support and training - Training and advice for parish councillors is available.

 

How to find out more

The National Association of Local Councils (NALC) has a website www.nalc.gov.uk or preferably you could attend a parish council meeting and talk to existing councillors or to the clerk.

 

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