make a change become a parish councillor

PARISH COUNCIL ELECTIONS

ARE DUE TO BE HELD ON

THURSDAY 6 MAY 2021

THURSDAY 6 MAY 2021

MAKE A CHANGE BECOME A COUNCILLOR

Are you passionate about your community? Do you want to help make a long-lasting change? Do you have innovative ideas for the council? Do you have concerns about a specific issue and want to do something about it? If this is you, then you are needed. People from all backgrounds and experiences who reflect their community to put themselves forward for election are needed. Make a change and become a Parish Councillor.


WHAT DO LOCAL COUNCILS AND COUNCILLORS DO?

Parish Councillors are unpaid volunteers from the local community who give up their time to try and make the Parish a better place in which to live and work and to represent the views and concerns of those who elect them. They understand local concerns, debate issues within council meetings and use their best judgement to make decisions.

They have a range of powers and duties over local facilities and make decisions, which affect Parishioner’s everyday lives.  A Parish Council is a separate legal, corporate entity. First created by the Local Government Act of 1894 in most rural areas, the current consolidated legislation is that of 1972. Councillors are not paid and have to abide by a local government code of conduct and declare a personal or prejudicial interest if they have an interest in any matter under discussion at a parish council meeting. Councillors are known locally and are often asked for advice or help; it is their responsibility to seek an answer or solution through the council. All Councillors must agree to abide by a Code of Conduct and to declare any interests which may conflict with their duties as Parish Council members.

Training is available and support will be found from colleagues and the Clerk to the Council.

All elected Councillors retire after a four year term.

HOW TO BECOME A COUNCILLOR?

  1. To be a candidate at Cornwall Council elections you need to write, phone or e-mail as soon as possible to request a candidate application pack. You can do this using the contact details below. Councillors are elected to represent the local community, so you must either live or work in the council area.

 Electoral Services, Cornwall Council, 3S, County Hall, Treyew Road, TRURO, TR1 3AY. Tel: 0300 1231 115 

             E-mail: voter-registration@cornwall.gov.uk

The information packs contain the required forms and guidance on the election process. If you need further help contact Breage Parish Council Clerk on 01326 574781

  • Submit your nomination to the returning officer — find out more about the process and the criteria
  • Wait for your nomination to be accepted
  • Your nomination is made public by the Cornwall Council
  • Start your election campaign
  • Polling day