Today, Thursday 12th December, is General Election day (in case you hadn’t noticed!). On that theme, your local Parish Council want to invite you to be part of our local government. We need to find a new Councillor by a process called co-option, which means that people may put themselves forward without going through a local election process.
Who can be a Parish Councillor?
You must be:
- At least 18 and a British, Commonwealth or European Union Citizen
- On the electoral roll for the area or have worked or occupied as owner or tenant any land or premises in the district for at least a year
You do not have to be a member of a political party, or be over a certain age to join.
What does a Parish Councillor do?
At a basic level, attend monthly meetings (held on the first Wednesday of the month, alternating between Staverton and Landscove), where planning and community matters are discussed. You can join or lead a Working Group (like the Neighbourhood Plan or Climate Emergency), advocate for changes in our area by speaking to our District Councillor, look after our public spaces and allotments, and just generally seek to make this Parish continue to be a lovely place to live.
If you are interested, please send a brief paragraph about yourself and what you can bring to the role to the Clerk. The Clerk, Karen Smith, can be contacted on email@example.com.
If you would like to have an informal chat about what it is like to be a Parish Councillor (from a fellow new Councillor), then give Cllr. Carmen Talbot a call/email on 01803 762836 / firstname.lastname@example.org