We currently have two vacancies in the Parish Council complement of 11 members and if you would like to be involved in delivering local services and making decisions that affect your community, we would welcome your application to join our team as a co-opted councillor.
Before submitting your application we would ask you to digest some general guidance around the duties and responsibilities of the role, and the mindset that a good parish councillor needs to bring, as sketched out in these links: NALC guidance note on Being a Parish Councillor, NALC booklet It Takes All Sorts and the TPC members’ Code of Conduct. There is a lot of further guidance on the role that can be found via web-searching, and new members will receive more detailed guidance documents and training.
The role requires focusing on the best interests of everyone in the parish (which is quite an odd shape comprising many different sorts of settlement), and thinking well into the future. Unlike the roles of elected ward representatives for higher tiers of local government, a parish councillor does not represent a particular ‘neighbourhood’ and members need to be conscious of this – although detailed knowledge of your immediate area can certainly contribute to good decision-making.
Please feel free to have an informal conversation (not forming any part of the selection process) with our current Chair of Council, Caroline Instance, to inform yourself further about TPC’s work and current priorities. Caroline can be contacted via 01403 741369 or email@example.com.
To apply to become a co-opted Parish Councillor, please download, complete and return this application form.
If in doubt about any aspect of the role or application process, please contact the Clerk.