Notice of Vacancy on the Parish Council

Following the recent Notice of Uncontested Election at Oliver’s Battery Parish Council, there is an opportunity for an interested party to join the Council by co-option.  Interested parties should write to the Clerk at confirming their eligibility (see Electoral Commission Can you stand for election) to stand as a Parish Councillor plus a short statement explaining reasons why they want to become a parish Councillor.  The deadline for applications is Friday 3 June 2022 and the Parish Council meeting date when the co-option/s will be made is Tuesday 7 June 2022.

What do councillors do?
Councillors have three main components to their work.
1. Decision making – Through meetings and attending committees with other elected members, councillors decide which activities to support, where money should be spent, what services should be delivered and what policies should be implemented.
2. Monitoring – Councillors make sure that their decisions lead to efficient and effective services by keeping an eye on how well things are working.
3. Getting involved locally – As local representatives, councillors have responsibilities towards their constituents and local organisations.

How much time does it take up?
Quite often councillors say that their duties occupy them for about an hour 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. As a councillor representing your community you will help keep it a great place to live and work. You will be supported in your role and will be expected to undertake training. You should be comfortable working
electronically. You should have a positive outlook and a can-do attitude and be willing to work as part of a team.

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