Parish councils are the most local part of our democratic system and are closest to the public. Councillors are there to consider the information gathered and make a group decision on all matters, keeping in mind the best interest of the community as a whole. No individual Councillor is responsible for any single decision.
If you would like to become a Parish Councillor please speak to any of our current Councillors or contact the Parish Council Clerk on firstname.lastname@example.org.
HOW MUCH TIME DOES IT TAKE UP AND WHEN?
On average, a few hours a month.
You must usually be able to attend the Council meetings which take place on the second Wednesday of alternate months at 7.00pm at present via Zoom (but we hope to be able to meet in person again very soon). Some Councillors also volunteer to serve on Council sub-committees such as Planning. Council meetings are always held in the evening.
WHAT SKILLS WILL I NEED TO BE A PARISH COUNCILLOR?
Parish Councils benefit from diversity and we welcome interest from people of different ages, backgrounds and experiences. Good communication skills, problem solving, analytical thinking and being a team player are all useful skills, and it doesn’t matter whether you acquired these from work, voluntary or life experience. The most important thing is that you care about Hatch Beauchamp and are willing to take an active role.
All Councillors are required to abide by the Code of Conduct and by law you must register financial, business and other interests in the Parish. Training is also available from Somerset Association of Local Councils.
WHO CAN BECOME A COUNCILLOR?
Anyone can stand as a candidate provided they meet the qualification requirements. You should be:
* aged over 18;
* a British, Commonwealth Citizen or Citizen of an EU country;
In addition you must either be on the electoral roll of the parish and living here now, or have:
* occupied (as owner or tenant) land or property locally for 12 months prior to the day of your appointment – either in Hatch Beauchamp itself or within 3 miles of the parish boundary, or;
* had a principal place of work in the parish or within 3 miles of the boundary.
You cannot become a Councillor if:
* have been declared bankrupt within the last five years if you have not repaid your debts.
* have been convicted of a criminal offence and sentenced to not less than three months imprisonment (whether suspended or not) without the option of a fine within the last five years.
* you have been disqualified under any legislation relating to corrupt or illegal practices.
We currently have two vacancies that can be filled by co-option. If you would like to know more about becoming a councillor, please contact us on hatchbeauchamp.pc@gmail or speak to one of the current Councillors.