26 March 2019
The next elections for Parish and Town councils are 2nd May 2019
Become a Parish Councillor
The best way to find out what it’s like to be a Parish Councillor is to talk to someone who’s doing it now. Our council has a website where you will be able to get the names and contact details of the clerk and councillors, and the dates of their meetings. Council meetings are open to the public and you can go along to a Parish council meeting, speak to one of the councillors and find out what they think of the job they do.
By becoming a Parish Councillor you become someone your community will look to for help, guidance and support as a community leader with the power to influence decisions for the benefit of the people you serve.
To stand for election to a Stirchley & Brookside Parish Council, you must:
- be a UK or Commonwealth citizen; or be a citizen of the Republic of Ireland; or be a citizen of another Member state of the European Union
- be at least 18 years old
To be eligible to stand for election for a particular Parish you don’t have to be connected to a political party but you must:
- be an elector of the Parish or in the past 12 months have occupied land or other premises in the Parish (as owner or tenant) or work in the Parish (as your principal or only place of work) or live within three miles of the Parish boundary.
What do Parish Councils do?
A Parish council is a local authority that makes decisions on behalf of the people in the Parish. It is the level of local government closest to the community, with the district authority and the county authority or a principal authority further up the hierarchy.
Parish councils make all kinds of decisions on issues that affect the local community. Probably the most common topics that Parish councils get involved with are planning matters (they are statutory consultees), crime prevention and roads & highways.
Parish councils have a number of powers they can use and have the ability to negotiate with other decision making organisations such as the district, county or unitary councils, health authorities, police etc. In this respect Parish councils are extremely powerful. These organisations know that a Parish council gives the best reflection of how a community feels about something and its views should be taken seriously.
How much time does it take up?
Stirchley & Brookside Parish Council has a Full Council meeting that meets every other month, and provision is made on the agenda for members of the public to comment on matters in the Parish. Meetings last a maximum of two hours, depending on what’s on the list of items to discuss. We also have committees to deal with specific subjects, such as planning matters etc.
How long do I serve for as a Parish or Town Councillor?
Once elected, Parish councillors sit on the council for four years. If they then want to stay in the post they can stand for re-election. This does not mean that you have to stay for four years. If you find it’s not for you, or you can no longer meet the commitment, you can stand down.
For more information please contact the council at the Sambrook Centre, in Stirchley District Centre (by the Co-Op), Grange Avenue, Stirchley. Tel : 01952 567140