Becoming A Parish Councillor

Firstly, thanks for getting this far, and for considering a role on Hoveton Parish Council. Being a parish Councillor gives you the opportunity to play a key role in the decisions that affect life in our village and to make a positive contribution to the many areas of work the Parish Council is involved in.

If you’d like to become a parish Councillor, the first step would be to attend one or more of our meetings as an observer, or to get in touch with one of our existing Councillors or clerk who can explain what’s involved. Being a parish Councillor is a part-time commitment that many of our Councillors manage around full or part-time jobs, and family and other commitments.

In order to qualify to be a Councillor you must be a British citizen, eligible Commonwealth citizen, or a citizen of any member state of the European Union, and you must be at least 18 years old. You’ll also need to be a local government elector for Hoveton Parish Council’s area or, during the whole of the previous twelve months: have occupied as owner or tenant land or premises in Hoveton Parish Council’s area, have had your main/only place of work in Hoveton Parish Council’s area, or have lived in Hoveton Parish Council’s area or within three miles of it.

We are looking in particular for individuals with the following personal attributes:

Selflessness – acting in the public interest.
Integrity – not putting yourself under any obligation to others, not allowing people to improperly influence you, not seeking benefit for yourself, family or friends, or close associates.
Objectivity – acting impartially, fairly and on merit.
Interest – having a keen interest in local matters.
Openness – being open and transparent in the actions and decisions of the Council.
Honesty – being truthful in all dealings.

If you think you fit the bill and you have some time to spare, then please do get in touch. Further information about the role of parish councillors, and parish councils in general, can be found in the National Association of Local Councils (NALC) publication All About Local Councils.

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