The Role of Councillor

Parish Councillors are ‘charitable and knowledgeable amateurs without whom democracy is impossible’

(taken from 'Local Council Administration' written by Charles Arnold-Baker and Paul Clayden)

A Councillor is a member of the Council and is normally elected for a term of four years.

 

People of any political or religious persuasion are eligible to become a Councillor, although their personal views should not extend into their Parish Council work.

They are elected to represent the interests of the local community as a whole and promote a harmonious local environment. The number of elected Councillors depends on the size of the electorate.

 

Local Councils are the first tier of governance and are the first point of contact for anyone concerned with a community issue. They are democratically elected local authorities and exist in England and Wales. The term 'Local Council' is synonymous with 'Parish Council', 'Town Council' and 'Community Council'.

 

Councillors attend meetings of the full Council and often participate in committees that deal with specific areas of Council business. Councillors take collective decisions that form the policy of the Council.

 

Training is available for new Councillors, for example The Wycombe District Association of Local Councils (WDALC) run training courses as does The Bucks Association of Local Councils (BALC). Recent courses run by WDALC have included Legal Matters for Parish Councils, the Role of Parish Councils in the Future and Quality Parish Council Status and  Planning.

 

Being a Parish Councillor can be an interesting and rewarding experience. Outside of the normal four yearly elections we sometimes have what are called 'casual vacancies' for a Councillor in a particular ward. If you would like to express interest in being notified should such a vacancy arise then please use our contact form.