Make A Change

Why become a Parish Councillor?

If you’ve never been to a parish council meeting before, you may be forgiven for thinking that parish councillors are a group of (probably older) people who meet now and then in a draughty village hall.  If, however, you live in a community where something ‘big’ has happened, you’ll know that when people in the community need support and guidance, it is sometimes the parish council that is turned to.

By becoming a parish councillor you become someone your community will look to for help, guidance and support a community leader with the power to influence decisions for the benefit of the people you serve.

Seeing your community change for the better, as a result of decisions you have helped make, is something that can give you a sense of achievement and pride.

Who can be a councillor?

We need people from all backgrounds and experiences who reflect the communities they serve to put themselves forward for election. You don’t need any experience or special qualifications. Your life experience, everyday skills, passion and commitment to people and communities are vital, and it’s important that councils reflect the local population. 

To be a councillor you need to be:  

  • British or a citizen of the Commonwealth (you may also be eligible as a citizen of the European Union).
  • At least 18 years old.
  • Registered to vote in the area or have lived, worked, or owned property there for at least 12 months before an election.

You can’t be a councillor if you:  

  • Work for the council you want to be a councillor for, you can work for another local authority as long as you are not in a political restricted post.
  • Are the subject of a bankruptcy restrictions order or interim order.
  • Have been sentenced to prison for three months or more (including suspended sentences) during the five years before election day.
  • Have been convicted of a corrupt or illegal practice by an election court.
  • Are subject to any relevant notification requirements, or a relevant order, in respect of a sexual offence.

OK, what do I do now?

You can talk to a current councillor or the clerk and find out more about what’s involved in being a councillor. If you wish to take things further then contact the clerk who will be able to talk you through the process of becoming a councillor.


Nomination forms should be completed and be taken in person to:
Customer Meeting Room B
West Offices
Station Rise