If you’ve never been to a parish council meeting before, you may be forgiven for thinking that parish Councillors are a group of people who meet now and then in a draughty village hall. If, however, you live in a community where something ‘big’ has happened, you’ll know that when people in the community need support and guidance, it is sometimes the parish council that is turned to. A City Councillor’s primary role is to represent their ward or division and the people who live in it. Councillors provide a bridge between the community and the council. City Councillors are elected public servants who are not paid, so their interests in becoming a Councillor are based purely on their desire to better their City.
By becoming a parish Councillor you become someone your community will look to for help, guidance and support, a community leader with the power to influence decisions for the benefit of the people you serve. Seeing your community change for the better, as a result of decisions you have helped make, is something that can give you a sense of achievement and pride.
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. Come along to a parish council meeting or speak to one of our Councillors and find out what they think of the job.