When there is a vacancy on the council, a process called co-option generally takes the place of an election - the members of the council elect additional members


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.

Councillors have three main areas of work:

• Decision-making: through attending meetings and committees with other elected members, councillors decide which activities to support, where money should be spent, what services should be delivered and what policies should be implemented

• Monitoring: councillors make sure that their decisions lead to efficient and effective services by keeping an eye on how well things are working

• Getting involved locally: as local representatives, councillors have responsibilities towards their constituents and local organisations. This often depends on what the councillor wants to achieve and how much time is available  


Town and Parish Councils are the grass roots of local government and democracy. There are around 8700 such councils in England and Wales, each representing its local community and promoting the best interests of its residents.

Local communities are being encouraged to become increasingly responsible for some of the things that have been looked after by central government or other organisations. It is being increasingly evident that that parish councils will play an important part as the localism act takes shape and a healthy council will be important within the 'big society' notion.

You should consider becoming a parish or town councillor if:

• You Want To Do Something Positive for Your Community

• You Want To Spend Your Time Productively

• You Can Think, Listen and Act Locally

Effort Required
TIME - It is possible to spend a lot of time on council work - but most people have jobs, families and hobbies that also demand a lot of time. However, as with most things, the more you put in, the more you (and your community) will get out.

Nassington Parish Council meets on the 2nd Wednesday of each month (excluding August). There are some additional meetings. It is IMPORTANT to ensure that these dates can accommodate your domestic and/or business arrangements.

COST - Being a councillor should cost you little. There is usually cover for subsistence and travel allowances if your duties take you out of your local council's area.
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