EVER THOUGHT OF BECOMING A TOWN COUNCILLOR?
As a councillor representing your community, you will help keep it a great place to live and work. You will be supported in your role and will be expected to undertake training. You should be comfortable working electronically. You should have a positive outlook and a can-do attitude and be willing to work as part of a team.
The Town Council consists of 16 elected members who serve for a four-year term, with the Town divided into two wards: Mill Ward and Brook Ward, representing residents from Towcester, Wood Burcote and Caldecote. Full Town Council meetings are held in the Town Hall** on the second Monday of each month and the attendance of members of the public is welcomed.
The Town Council has a broad range of responsibilities, which include the maintenance of the town's green spaces, allotments and play areas, including the St. Lawrence Churchyard, the Recreation Ground, Belle Baulk, The Shires and the Cemetery on Brackley Road. It manages three premises: the Town Hall, Towcester Youth & Community Centre (as Trustees) and The Sawpits Centre (formerly Towcester Library) which serve as venues for a variety of local clubs and organisations. It is also formal consultee on all planning applications relating to Towcester.
As representatives of the first tier of local government and the closest to their communities, local councillors are best placed to engage with their residents and find out what the real local issues are and how to overcome them.
Local councils welcome and are committed to the inclusion and recognition of all regardless of race, culture, ability, ethnicity or gender identity and expression, sexual orientation, marital status, religious affiliation, and socioeconomic status.
To become a Councillor, you must:
- Be a UK or Commonwealth citizen; or be a citizen of the Republic of Ireland; or be a citizen of another Member State of the European Union
- Be at least 18 years old
- Be an elector of the local council; or in the past 12 months occupied land or other premises in the area the local council serves (as owner or tenant); or work in the area the local council serves (as your principal or only place of work); or live within three miles of the local council boundary.
Town Councillors are expected to attend Full Council meetings on the second Monday of each month and must sit on a minimum of at least one committee (noting that the Resources/Planning Committee meets twice each month) up to all four committees.
We recommend that you browse the Council's website, observe Full Council Meetings and read the Minutes from previous committee meetings, which should give you an understanding of the discussions held.
For more information on the roles and responsibilities of a Councillor, please visit the National Association of Local Council's website www.northantscalc.com/local-councils
For further advice on what it's like to be a Towcester Town Councillor, please contact the Town Clerk on firstname.lastname@example.org, who will be happy to give advice and assistance.