Members of the Parish Council
Our councillors do not have set responsibilities but volunteer as matters arising occur. If representation is required on external local public bodies, councillors volunteer depending on availability.
Cllr. Lindsay McGowan
How do you become a parish councillor?
To qualify to be a parish councillor you must be:
- A British citizen, or a citizen of the Commonwealth or the European Union.
- At least 18 on the day that he or she is nominated as a candidate
- A registered local government elector within the parish
- A resident in the parish, or within three miles of the parish, or working full time in the parish for at least 12 months prior to the nomination or election day.
A person is disqualified from holding office as a parish or town councillor if:
- They hold a paid office, or other place of profit in the council
- They are the subject of a bankruptcy restriction order or interim order.
- They have been convicted of a criminal offence and sentenced to more than 3 months imprisonment within the last five years · They incur illegal expenditure (when acting as a councillor) of over £2,000, or are found guilty of using corrupt or illegal practices.
What powers and duties do parish councils have?
Parish councils have a variety of powers and duties, all of which impact directly on the community.