Becoming a Councillor

Members of the Council are all local people and are normally elected for a term of four years. The next elections will be in May 2023. People of any background, political or religious persuasion are eligible to become Councillors, although their personal views should not extend into their Parish Council work.

Becoming a Parish Councillor is a rewarding and valuable public service. Councillors contribute to the work of the Parish Council by:

• having a say about the things they care about
• putting forward ideas for better services
• responding to the needs and views of parishioners
• seeking the best outcome to local issues
• getting involved in decision making
• helping to make Bramerton a better place to live!

Parish Council are required to hold at least one meeting a year and at present the council in Bramerton meets seven times a year. Councillors are expected to attend meetings on a regular basis. Our District / County Councillors regularly attend these meetings to report on current issues and to feed back to the district and county on matters in the village.

The Role of a Councillor

Councillors 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 area. In Bramerton we are entitled to have seven Councillors.

Parish Councils are the first tier of government and are the first point of contact for anyone concerned about a community issue. They are democratically elected local authorities and exist in England, Wales and Scotland.

Councillors must abide by a Code of Conduct; a set of rules on how Councillors are expected to behave. They must also declare any financial interests in the parish, details of which are kept on a Register at South Norfolk District Council.