|On May 7th, for the first time in a generation, the general, local and
parish council elections all take place on the same day. This hasn't
happened since 1979.|
Although at the moment, things may seem very confused at a national level, it is an exciting time to be involved with town and parish councils. In the last 10 or so years, things have move at almost alarming rates, passing power down from central government to a more local level. Parish councils are more accountable than ever, have legal responsibilities to their constituents and are compelled to share information by means of a web presence. This is because they have the means to achieve a lot of good for their communities.
The parish council needs people who can contribute to the challenges facing
the council and find ways of keeping Nassington one of the finest
examples of a Northamptonshire village. We will be a brilliant council -
and robust local council, fit for 21st century challenges, but
keeping at heart the wellbeing of the residents in the parish. - Are you ready for the challenge?
Parish councils need members who can demonstrate some of the following attributes:
and who are:
which will go some way to embracing some of the increased
powers that we can look forward to from localism.
Come the next 'term' (4 year to next elections in 2019), we need
to look at priorities and a long term
strategic plan of what we need to be achieving and looking at
covering, (as well as all the everyday treading water and fire
The main thing about localism is that it's a poke in the eye of the
Nanny State and that communities and villages are going to have to
learn to 'grow up' and take responsibilities for themselves!
Whatever the reasons for the current economic situation, there simply is
not the money available at county and district levels to finance all of
the things that those councils have paid for in the past and parish
councils will be the leaders of strong, resilient communities who
maintain their towns and villages as desirably and happy places to live
Public consultation is an excellent way of ensuring collaboration,
transparency and open trust between the council and residents and is a
benchmark of a vibrant community.
Street Lighting Playing Field Allotments
Other areas of interest:
Housing Traffic & transport
To find out whether you are eligible to stand for the parish council, visit the electoral commission website HERE
To view the nomination papers, click HERE
Please feel free to contact the clerk or current members of the parish council for information - contact details HERE
Download THIS booklet for examples of some of the different types of people involved with parish councils across the country
This page explains how to become a Parish Councillor and what this important role is really about. We hope it will encourage you and people from all walks of life to take an interest in local democracy and to think about putting yourself forward for election.
• You Want To Do Something Positive for Your Community
|For more information about what the council does:
|Good councillors guide: