Recruitment

Parish Councillors

Expressions of interest in the role of Parish Councillor are always welcomed from people over 18 who are qualifying citizens of the Commonwealth, the European Community or the Republic of Ireland; applicants also need to either reside or have a business interest in the parish.

Please contact the Westcott Parish Council Clerk if you are interested in becoming a parish councillor and would like some more information about vacancies, the role and responsibilities.

The Role

By becoming a parish councillor, those that get involved almost certainly want to do something positive and hope to make a difference by influencing decisions that affect their community. There are over 80,000 local councillors in England – all are volunteers and will be held accountable by local people for things that happen locally.

The council is the community’s choice of representatives: an ordinary election for a new council occurs every four years but there may be an election when a seat falls vacant at other times. Councillors are either elected or co-opted if insufficient candidates are proposed for seats. In addition, if a vacancy occurs between elections (for example, by the resignation of a councillor), the council must generally find out if the electors want an election before they can co-opt.

Councillors attend meetings at approximately 6-weekly intervals. The meetings last for roughly an hour and a half. The issues discussed can be seen by looking at minutes of previous meetings on this website.