BARRINGTON PARISH COUNCIL
(South Cambridgeshire District)
MAKE A CHANGE BECOME A COUNCILLOR
Do you want to make a positive difference in your village? Do you want to help shape amenities for your children’s futures?
Would you like to influence decisions that affect your community?
You will be joining us at an exciting time as we plan for enhanced village Sports, community and early years facilities. So you will play a key part in ensuring the S106 monies provide for the growing demographic in the community.
You need to be willing to give up some of your time for meetings, one a month in person and occasional Zoom meetings and supporting the work of the Parish Council – in return you will improve your existing skills and learn new ones to enhance your CV and make a positive contribution to your community.
Barrington Parish Council meets once a month on the second Thursday of the month.
Meetings normally last around 2 hours.
You must be 18 or over, an elector and have been a resident or worked within 3 miles of the Parish for the last year.
How could I contribute?
As a Councillor representing your community, you will help to keep it a great place to live and work.
Councillors individually, can and should be very different in their skills base, experience and work status, all of which contribute to a good and balanced representation of the parish. The ability to take the initiative, be creative and have time to give to the role are all very important aspects of being a good Councillor.
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 needs of residents, local groups and businesses, make decisions on local services, collaborate with district and borough councils to deliver services and progress vital projects to invest in the future of the community.
What do councils do?
Councils lead on community services such as sport facilities, amenities, footpaths, public seating but also 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 set by the Parish Council after detailed scrutiny of the Budget for the financial year. The precept is one element of the Council Tax.
What is the level of commitment?
A 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.
How to apply
As there is no election imminent then a co-option procedure will be followed for this vacancy.
The Parish Council is a statutory body and therefore can only do the things for which the law gives a power and councillors abide by local government code of conduct.
Training is available, and support and mentoring will be given from colleagues and the Clerk to the Council.
If you would like to be considered, please send an expression of interest to Karen Clark, Parish Administrative Coordinator at firstname.lastname@example.org
ENTHUSIASM AND COMMITMENT ARE MORE IMPORTANT THAN EXPERIENCE