Parish Councillor Vacancy
Whitfield Parish Council currently has vacancies for Parish Councillors which can be filled immediately by the Co-option by the Parish Council.
Quite often Councillors say that their duties occupy them for about 3 or 4 hours a week. Obviously there are some Councillors who spend more time than this – and some less, but in the main, being a Parish Councillor is an enjoyable way of contributing to your community and helping to make it a better place to live and work.
If you are interested in becoming a Parish Councillor now or in the future, please send an introductory letter of application to the Parish Clerk. The letter should contain some personal and background information to demonstrate you have a interest in local matters, are able and willing to represent the Council and the community, have the time and commitment to attend meetings as necessary, along with reasons why you wish to become a councillor and what you think you would contribute to the Parish Council.
Details of the role, its responsibilities and full application details are in the documents below.
The Parish Clerk, Mrs Jo Matcham, is happy to answer any additional questions and to offer further guidance to any interested candidates.
Co-option and Selection of Councillors Procedure [ LINK ]
Good Councillors Guide [ LINK ]
Table of Parish Council Powers [ LINK ]
The role of Councillor can be rewarding and gives you the chance to contribute to your community, and to take part in shaping the place in which you live or work.
Parish Councils are statutory bodies and are the first tier of local government in England. They serve electorates ranging from small rural communities, towns and small cities; all are independently elected and raise a precept – a form of council tax – from the local community. Together, they can be identified as among the nation’s most influential grouping of grassroots opinion-formers.
There are 9,000 Parish and Local Councils in England. Over 16 million people live in communities served by Parish Councils , around 25% of the population. There are 80,000 councillors who serve these councils, making a difference in their communities. £1 billion is invested in these communities every year.
Parish Councils work towards improving community well being and providing better services at a local level. Their activities fall into three main categories: representing the local community; delivering services to meet local needs; striving to improve quality of life and community well being.
Through an extensive range of discretionary powers Parish Councils provide and maintain a variety of important and visible local services including allotments, bridleways, burial grounds, bus shelters, car parks, commons and open spaces, community transport schemes, community safety and crime reduction measures, events and festivals, footpaths, leisure and sports facilities, litter bins, public toilets, planning, street cleaning and lighting, tourism activities, traffic calming measures, village greens and youth projects. These existing powers were recently strengthened by powers contained in the Localism Act including the extension of the General power of competence to eligible Parish Councils.