May 2023 Parish Council Elections

Did you know? Parish Councillors are unpaid volunteers, many Councillors balance their role with work and caring responsibilities or want to give some of their time, skills and knowledge back to the community.

The Council meet on the 3rd Thursday of each month at (excluding August) at 7pm. It is so important that Parish Councillors represent all parts of our community and the Parish Council would like to encourage you to consider standing for election, or to encourage someone you know to represent you in May 2023.

Parish Councils are the tier of government closest to you and where residents and Councillors can influence and make a positive impact at the most local level on the matters that mean the most to you!

What does a local councillor do?

Councillors don’t just read paperwork, attend meetings and set policies. The day to day contact, listening to the views of local people is the most important part.

Councillors feedback these views to the Council for consideration and they work as a team (The Council) to make decisions on how to improve the area and tackle issues within our remit. All whilst keeping an eye on finances and maintaining existing assets including many Public Open Spaces such as Watersmeet and Statfold Lane, the play equipment at Streethay Play Park and Worthington Road Play Area plus many noticeboards, bus shelters, benches, bins and more.

Officers are employed to carry out the actions decided by the Council. The Clerk is the Proper Officer and Responsible Financial Officer who manages the accounts and administration and provides professional advice to the Council on current legislation and best practice.

Parish Councils play a huge role in ensuring that our communities are stronger, healthier and thriving places to live.

Do you have what it takes to represent your community?

For the past 12 months have you lived in or within 3 miles of the Parish or has your main place of work been within the Parish ?

Are you over 18 years old and a British, European Union or Commonwealth citizen?

If so you are eligible* to stand for election to the Parish Council!

No qualifications are required and training will be provided.

If you would like to find out more about becoming a councillor contact clerk@fandspc.org

For more information on the role of local councils and councillors visit: www.nalc.gov.uk/elections

*In some circumstances a disqualification could apply - How to become a councillor – Am I eligible to be elected? (lichfielddc.gov.uk)

The Councillor's Role

What do councillors do?

Local councillors are the champions of their community who invest time in local projects and issues to the benefit of residents and the neighbourhood. Councillors attend to local needs of residents, local groups and businesses, make decisions on local services, collaborate with district and borough councils to adhere to local needs, and progress vital projects to invest in the future of the community.

What do councils do?

Councils lead on community services such as play areas, footpaths, public seating and litter bins, but may also embark on larger projects such as the running of local transport, leisure services, youth services and climate change initiatives. These activities are funded by a local tax, called a precept which is determined by the council.

How long does it take?

NALC's Local Councillor Census Survey found that councillors put aside, on average, three hours a week for council work. Council work often includes attending meetings, engaging with residents and speaking to local groups and bodies on behalf of the council.

What else is involved?  

As a democratically-elected local representative, you have a unique and privileged position – and the potential to make a real difference to people's lives.

However, being an effective councillor can be hard work. You will be balancing the needs of the local area and residents, community groups, local businesses and the council.

You will engage with residents and groups on a wide range of issues and take on an important community leadership role. At the council you will contribute to the development of policies and strategies, including budget setting. 

Representing your local area

A councillor's primary role is to represent their ward and the people who live in it. Councillors provide a bridge between the community and the council. As well as being an advocate for your local residents, you will need to keep them informed about the issues that affect them.

In order to understand and represent local views and priorities, you need to build strong relationships and encourage local people to make their views known and engage with you and the council. Good communication and engagement is central to being an effective councillor.

As a local councillor, your residents will expect you to:

  • respond to their queries and raise concerns where relevant
  • communicate council decisions that affect them
  • know the area and stay aware of local issues and concerns
  • represent their views at council meetings

Community leadership

Community leadership is at the heart of modern local government. Councils work in partnership with local communities and organisations – including the public, voluntary, community and private sectors – to develop a vision for their local area, working collaboratively to improve services and quality of life for citizens. Councillors have a lead role in this process.

Developing council policy

Councils need clear strategies and policies to enable them to achieve their vision for the area, make the best use of resources and deliver services that meet the needs of local communities. As a local councillor you will contribute to the development of these policies and strategies, bringing the views and priorities of your local area to the debate.

Code of conduct and standards

As a councillor you will be required to adhere to the council's agreed code of conduct. You must register any disclosable pecuniary interests for yourself, your spouse or a partner you live with, within 28 days of taking up office. It is a criminal offence if you fail, without reasonable excuse, to declare or register interests to the monitoring officer.

Any standards matters must be referred to the Monitoring Officer at Lichfield District Council.