As a volunteer participant on the first tier of local government, I see my role as a Parish Councillor is to represent the interests of people living and working in the village. I have no party political affiliation in this role and only seek to ensure the views and issues concerning residents are debated and considered fairly by borough and county offices . The most common issues are local planning matters, managing our open spaces, services and amenities as well as agreeing and setting the local precept. I enjoy being a Parish Councillor as it brings me into contact with local people , helps to protect our lovely village and it doesn't demand too much of my time either.
WHY BECOME A PARISH COUNCILLOR?
The duties of a Parish Councillor are governed by law and are not as far reaching as many casual observers may think. As a Parish Councillor you are acting as the nearest level of local government to village residents and this gives you the opportunity to be involved in local decision making and strategic planning which cover many facets of daily life. Being a Mountnessing Parish Councillor brings no special privileges other than the satisfaction of working for the village and residents.
WHO CAN BE A PARISH COUNCILLOR?
Anyone over the age of 18 who is a British subject, an eligible Commonwealth citizen or a citizen of any other member state of the European Union and fulfill at least one of the other criteria listed on the nomination papers may become a Parish Councillor providing that they are a registered elector of the Parish or live in or within three miles of the Parish.
WHEN YOU BECOME A PARISH COUNCILLOR
Councillors are requested to sign, in the presence of the Clerk, a Declaration that they will undertake their duties in accordance with the law. They are also required to complete forms relating to the Code of Conduct which requires declaration of employment details, business interests, land ownership, beneficial interest in any land within the Parish, membership of trade unions, charitable organisations, professional associations and any organisation with a main purpose including influencing public opinion or policy. When completed and countersigned these documents are open for inspection by any member of the general public and must be available at every meeting of the Parish Council.
ARE YOU INTERESTED?
We are now carrying two vacancies for Parish Councillors and we would like to hear from those interested in serving the community. It is important to be an internet user as most of our business is done using e-mail and we try to operate with minimal use of paper. Please contact the Parish Clerk if you are interested.