Being a Parish Councillor is a worthwhile and rewarding position and takes only a few hours a month.
To become a parish councillor, whether coopted or elected you must:
- be a UK or commonwealth citizen, or;
- be a citizen of the Republic of Ireland, or;
- be a citizen of another Member state of the European Union;
- be a least 18 years old.
- be an elector of the parish, or;
- for the whole of the previous 12 months have occupied (as owner or tenant) land or other premises in the parish, or;
- during the previous 12 months have worked in the parish (as your principal or only place of work), or;
- for the whole of the previous 12 months lived in the parish or within three miles of the parish boundary.
You don’t have to be connected to a political party, however, you will be asked to sign up to the Code of Conduct.
In addition to the regular meetings, councillors are required to attend other meeting representing the council. For example acting as a trustee to bodies such as the Village Hall. There are also committees to deal with specific subjects, such as planning, woodlands and footpaths, village appearance, roads and environmental issues.
Once elected, parish councillors sit on the council for a maximum of four years.