VACANCY FOR A PARISH COUNCILLOR

Published: 20 December 2017

VACANCY FOR A PARISH COUNCILLOR

East Peckham Parish Council currently has a vacancy for a Parish Councillor which we are able to fill by co-option. If you are interested in joining us, we would be delighted to hear from you. Being a Councillor can be fulfilling. It requires dedication and hard work (unpaid of course,) but in East Peckham it can be especially rewarding as it brings the additional opportunity to play a significant role in shaping our dynamic and ever growing community.

If you would like to apply, you will find additional information below but further details can be obtained from the Parish Office either by emailing councilmanager@eastpeckham-pc.gov.uk, by sending a message via Twitter to @EastPeckhamPC or by telephoning 01622 871309.

Your application should be in writing and include information such as, your name and address information, how long you have resided or worked within the East Peckham Parish, some details about yourself, why you would like to join the council and what you can bring to the role. Your application must be submitted by 19 January 2018 in order that your application can be considered at the next meeting of the full council which takes place on 22 January 2018.

Name of Local Council:

East Peckham Parish

 

Description of Office:

Parish Councillor

 

 

COMPETENCY

ESSENTIAL

DESIRABLE

Relevant knowledge, Education, Professional Qualifications & Training

§ Sound knowledge and understanding of local affairs and the local community.

§ A levels/Degree level and or

§ Vocation or professional qualification (e.g. accountant, teacher, policeman)

Experience, Skills, Knowledge and Ability

§ Solid interest in local matters.

§ Ability and willingness to represent the Council and the community.

§ Good interpersonal skills.

§ Ability to communicate succinctly and clearly both orally and in writing.

§ Ability and willingness to work closely with other members and to maintain good working relationships with members and staff.

§ Good reading and analytic skills.

§ Ability and willingness to work with the council’s partners (e.g. voluntary groups, other parish councils, principal authority, charities).

§ Ability and willingness to undertake relevant training.

§ Ability to work under pressure.

§ Experience of working or being a member in a local authority or other public body.

§ Experience of working with voluntary and or local community/ interest groups.

§ Basic knowledge of legal issues relating to town and parish councils or local authorities.

§ Good standard of computer literacy.

§ Experience of delivering presentations.

§ Experience of working with the media.

§ Experience in financial control/ budgeting.

§ HR experience.

Circumstances

§ Ability and willingness to attend meetings of the council (or the meetings of other local authorities and local bodies) in the evening and events in the evening and at weekends.

§ Flexible and committed to the Council

§ Enthusiastic.

         

What Parish Councillors Do

Parish Councillors have a dual role:-

· They represent the views and concerns of the residents of the parish to the parish council itself and, through it, to the district, county or unitary authority;

· They report back to residents on issues affecting the parish.

The formal part of these roles, especially the first one, is carried out by attending meetings and corresponding with the parish Clerk. The parish council might have committees and even sub-committees. This is more likely to be the case in larger councils. Individual councillors do not have, and cannot be given, powers to make decisions on behalf of the parish council. This applies to the Chair as much as to the other Councillors, although the Chair does have personal responsibilities in connection with the running of formal meetings.

The less formal part of these roles of listening and talking to people, including the local elected members of the district, county or unitary council, will almost certainly take up more of the Councillor’s time. However, it is important to remember that “rules of behaviour” apply whenever activities of being a Parish Councillor are being undertaken.

The requirement to complete a register of interests caused some controversy when it was extended to Parish Councillors, but it is a crucial element of complying with the code of conduct. In rural parishes, and those centred on smaller settlements in particular, the risk of Councillors being affected by personal or prejudicial interests can be quite high. Also, it can be difficult to maintain an appropriate distance from local lobby or campaign groups.