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Thinking of becoming a parish councillor?

Nominations have now closed for the election of new councillors for the Parish Council. There were only 5 nominations for the 9 positions available, all from current parish councillors, so those 5 will be elected unopposed. This means that there will be 4 vacant positions for parish councillors and it will be necessary to fill these by co-option as soon as possible after the new council convenes in May 2019.

Click here for a list of the 5 people elected unopposed.

If you are interested in becoming a parish councillor please take a look at some of the useful background information in the links below, or contact any one of the current parish councillors for an informal chat. 

 

The Parish Council is the first tier of local government in England & Wales and, for most of the electorate, provides the most accessible forum for debating and developing local issues. Parish Councils are elected for a term of 4 years so, if you are thinking of standing as a parish councillor, you would be making a commitment to serve the community until May 2023.

Buckland Brewer Parish Council has 9 councillors. It has two sub-committees (‘Fields and Allotments’ and ‘Personnel’) and provides, or recommends other parishioners, as trustees to the Village Hall Management Committee and the Playing Fields Association. Meetings are held at least once every month, normally on the second Wednesday of the month. Frequently, extra meetings are needed to meet deadlines for consultations on planning applications and these normally take place on the 4th Thursday of the month. The Parish Council’s Annual Meeting is held in May each year. At this meeting a Chairperson and Vice-Chairperson are elected for the coming year. There is only one other formally appointed role for a parish councillor, which is that of Snow Warden (although this role can also be delegated to an individual who is not a councillor if necessary).

The Parish Clerk is a paid employee of the council – not a councillor, and therefore is not required to stand for election. Their role is to advise the Council, prepare minutes and agendas, provide financial control and undertake other administrative duties. He or she does not take part in any voting.

If you are considering nominating yourself for co-option as a Parish Councillor you might find some of these guides and background papers helpful:

If you would like an informal chat, contact any one of the people below. Just leave your telephone number and they will call you back.

Barbara Babb                                     This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Patrick Blosse (Parish Clerk)         This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Andrew Hewitt (Chair)                               This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

George Heywood                            This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Trevor Mills (Vice Chairman)               This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

David Watson                                    This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

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