Town councillors play a vital role in representing the interests of the communities they serve and improving the quality of life and the local environment. Furthermore, they influence other decision makers and in many cases deliver services to meet local needs. The town council can make a tangible difference to the lives of those in the community.
What are the duties of parish or town councillors?
As elected representatives of the community, the following issues are of concern to parish and town councils:
- allotments, cemeteries, war memorials and playing fields
- litter and the general street scene
- planning issues in the area
- public rights of way
- seats and shelters
- street lighting
Who becomes parish and town councillors?
The role of a parish or town councillor is an unpaid one. Councillors are willing to volunteer their time for the benefit of the community. If more people wish to stand for a councillor position than there are seats then an election will be held and candidates will need to run for office. Parish and town councillors must be at least 21 years old on the day of polling and be a British national, a member of the European Union or a member of the Commonwealth of Nations. A councillor must not be a paid employee of the council, must not be an un-discharged bankrupt and must not have received any criminal convictions in the last 5 years.
Would you like to know more?
If you are interested in filling one of the four Malmesbury town council vacancies PLEASE ACT NOW as nominations have to be in by noon, on Thursday 11th August.
To find out more about the role of a town councillor, you can also visit the National Association of Local Councillors web site at http://www.nalc.gov.uk.