Would You Like to Become a Councillor?
Are you interested in becoming a Parish Councillor?
Following the nominations to stand for election for the Parish Council, Stibbard Parish Council has one vacancy for a Parish Councillor. The vacancy will be filled by co-option.
Becoming a Parish Councillor is a rewarding and valued form of public service. All Councillors contribute to the work of the Parish Council by:
Having a say about the things they care about
Putting forward ideas for better services
Responding to the needs and views of parishioners
Seeking the best outcome to local issues
Getting involved in decision making
Helping to make Stibbard a better place to live!
We normally meet on the second Tuesday of every other month (see meeting dates here).
Meetings commence at 7pm lasting no longer than 2 hours. Councillors are expected to attend meetings on a regular basis.
Still interested? Contact the Parish Clerk for further details.
The Role of a Councillor
A councillor is a member of the council and is normally elected for a term of four years. People of any political or religious persuasion are eligible to become a councillor, although their personal views should not extend into their parish council work. They are elected to represent the interests of the local community as a whole and promote a harmonious local environment. The number of elected councillors depends on the size of the area. In Stibbard we are able to have 7 councillors.
Local councils are the first tier of governance and are the first point of contact for anyone concerned with a community issue. They are democratically elected local authorities and exist in England, Wales and Scotland. The term ‘local council’ is synonymous with ‘parish council’, ‘town council’ and ‘community council’.
Local councils are made up of locally elected councillors. They are legally obliged to hold at least one meeting a year. Most meet on a monthly cycle to discuss council business and hear from local residents. District councillors regularly attend parish meetings to report back to the district on developments at parish level. County councillors are also invited to attend parish meetings when the parish council feels it is appropriate, and they have a standing invitation to attend and report at the Annual Parish Meeting.
Councillors must abide by a Code of Conduct; a set of rules on how councillors are expected to behave. They must also declare their pecuniary (financial) interests in the parish, details of which are kept on a Register at North Norfolk District Council. Being a parish councillor can be an interesting and rewarding experience.