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.
Bramerton Parish Council has no vacancies at present. However, in May 2019 all Parish Councillors will go through an election process.
Becoming a Parish Councillor is a rewarding and valued form of public service. All 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!
The Parish Council meets seven times per financial year as standard practice, normally on a Monday at 7.30pm at Bramerton Village Hall, with the exception of the Annual Parish Meeting that commences at the earlier time of 7.00pm. Councillors are expected to attend meetings on a regular basis.
You can read about the forthcoming election process on the Electoral Commission’s website.
The Role of a Councillor
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 area. In Bramerton we are able to have seven Councillors.
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, Wales and Scotland. The term ‘Local Council’ is synonymous with ‘Parish Council’, ‘Town Council’ and ‘Community Council’.
Local Councils are made up of locally elected Councillors. They are legally obliged to hold at least one meeting a year. Bramerton meets seven times a year as standard to discuss council business and hear from local residents. District / County Councillors regularly attend parish meetings to report back to the district and county on developments at parish level.
Councillors must abide by a Code of Conduct; a set of rules on how Councillors are expected to behave. They must also declare their pecuniary (financial) interests in the parish, details of which are kept on a Register at South Norfolk District Council.
Being a Parish Councillor can be an interesting and rewarding experience.