Becoming a Councillor
Are you interested in joining the Parish Council?
A councillor is a member of the council and is normally elected for a term of four years. People of any political or religious persuasion are eligible to become a councillor for Mattishall, although their personal, political views should not extend into their parish council work.
Becoming a parish councillor is a rewarding and valued form of public service. All councillors contribute to the work of the Parish Council by:
Having a say about the things they care about
Putting forward ideas for better services
Responding to the needs and views of parishioners
Seeking the best outcome to local issues
Getting involved in decision making
Helping to make Mattishall a better place to live!
We normally meet on the first Monday of the month. Meetings commence at 7 pm lasting around 2 hours at the Memorial Hall. Councillors are expected to attend meetings on a regular basis.
Anyone wishing to become or remain on the parish council from May 2019 had to apply through a formal process managed by Breckland Council.
The results mean that there was one vacancy on the Parish Council from May 2019 and on 3 June the Parish Council agreed to co-opt Graham Clarke as a new councillor.
There are currently no vacancies on the Parish Council.
The Role of a Councillor
They are elected to represent the interests of the local community as a whole and promote a harmonious local environment. The number of elected councillors depends on the size of the area. In Mattishall we are able to have 9 councillors.
Local councils are the first tier of governance and are the first point of contact for anyone concerned with a community issue. They are democratically elected local authorities and exist in England, Wales and Scotland. The term ‘local council’ is synonymous with ‘parish council’, ‘town council’ and ‘community council’.
Local councils are made up of locally elected councillors. They are legally obliged to hold at least one meeting a year. Most meet on a monthly cycle to discuss council business and hear from local residents. District councillors regularly attend parish meetings to report back to the district on developments at parish level. County councillors are also invited to attend parish meetings when the parish council feels it is appropriate, and they have a standing invitation to attend and report at the Annual Parish Meeting.
Councillors must abide by a Code of Conduct; a set of rules on how councillors are expected to behave. They must also declare their pecuniary (financial) interests in the parish, details of which are kept on a Register at Breckland District Council.