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Thinking of becoming a parish councillor?

In May 2019, there were only 5 nominations for the 9 positions available on the Parish Council, all from current parish councillors, so those 5 were elected unopposed. This meant that there were 4 vacant positions that needed to be filled by co-option. It has been a real struggle to find anyone willing to take on the responsibility of being a parish councillor but we have been lucky to now secure the services of Bob Wilson, whose nomination was accepted unanimously at the meeting held on 11th September 2019. Welcome Bob - you will be a great asset to the Council.

There are still three vacancies! Please - do not leave it for someone else to do. If you are interested enough in your community to be reading this then you could well be the person we are looking for. Just call the Parish Clerk, Patrick Blosse, for more information (01805 624832).

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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