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Crowthorne Parish Council

Address
Parish Office
Morgan Centre
Wellington Road
Crowthorne
RG45 7LD

Telephone
01344 771251

Email
clerk@crowthornepc.org.uk

Crowthorne
Parish Council

01344 771251

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COULD I BE A COUNCILLOR?

Councillor are elected to represent an individual geographical unit on the council known as a ward or - mainly in smaller parishes - the entire parish or town council area. They are generally elected by the public every four years. The next local elections are scheduled for May 2019.

What is a Councillor?

Councillors have three main components to their work.

What do Councillors do?

  1. Decision making - through meeting and attending 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
  2. Monitoring - councillors make sure that their decisions lead to efficient and effective services by keeping an eye on how well things are working
  3. Getting involved locally - as local representatives, councillors have responsibilities towards their constituent and local organisation. These responsibilities and duties often depend on what the councillor wants to achieve and how much time is available, and may include:

Visiting your council is the best way to find out what happens there. Give the council a call and find out when its next public meeting happens. By law ordinary people are allowed to be present at most council business.

Quite often councillors say that their duties occupy them for about three hours a week. Obviously there are some councillors who spend more time then this - and some less, but in the main, being a community parish and town councillor is an enjoyable way of contributing to your community, and helping to make it a better place to live and work.

How much time does it take up?

Yes - most people are. However there are a few rules;

Am I qualified?

And additionally;

In the case of sitting member of parish or community council you can also satisfy the criteria to be elected if you have lived in the council area or within 3 miles of it for the whole of the 12 moths preceding the “relevant day”.

You cannot stand for election if you

The Electoral Commission have issued the following information for anyone wishing to stand to be a parish or town councillor:

• overview of the election process for standing as a parish or town councillor http://www.electoralcommission.org.uk/__data/assets/pdf_file/0006/141783/Overview-P-and-C.pdf

• guidance and resources for standing as a parish or town councillor http://www.electoralcommission.org.uk/i-am-a/candidate-or-agent/parish-and-community-council-elections-in-england-and-wales

For further information contact the monitoring Officer at Bracknell Forest Council on 01344 771251 or view the Bracknell Forest website at: https://www.bracknell-forest.gov.uk/elections-and-voting/elections/standing-election