Become a Councillor
At the last election on Thursday 7th May 2015, four Councillors were re-elected, leaving two vacancies; one in Kirkby Mallory ward and the other in Stapleton ward.
The co-option process offers the opportunity for those who are interested in the community and who cancontribute to the planning for the future of the three villages to stand as a councillor, filling one of the existing vacancies. Altogether we can have up to six councillors covering the three villages, two for each ward.
During the last few years Peckleton parish has seen much proposed in the way of redevelopment of Barwell and Earl Shilton with the proposed Sustainable Urban Extensions (SUEs) just outside the parish, with Councillors consulting on this and the Earl Shilton and Barwell Area Action Plan. Councillors have also overseen refurbishments of some of the play equipment with new outdoor gym equipment also being installed.
It doesn't cost you anything to stand for co-option, with details available within this site, from the Parish Clerk and from the Electoral Services team at Hinckley & Bosworth Borough Council on how to let the Council know you would like to be co-opted.
Being a Parish Councillor offers you a real opportunity to influence the growth of your village and your parish, the development of your wider community and improvement of your local surroundings.
- The Good Councillors Guide - 4th Edition (PDF, 1.7 Mb)
This guide introduces the work of town and parish councils and the part councillors play in the first tier of local government closest to the people. It is also a useful reference. It is divided into five parts to help new, or even experienced, Councillors.
- Be a Councillor (Government Website)
Whatever needs changing in your neighbourhood, you could be just the person to change it by becoming a local councillor. No other role gives you a chance to make such a huge difference to quality of life for people in your local area.
- It Takes All Sorts - 2nd Edition (PDF, 5.2 Mb)
This booklet, developed by the National Association of Local Councils in conjunction with the Be A Councillor campaign, highlights the experiences of just a few of the many councillors on local councils and serves to show how rewarding representing your community can be. This (second) edition contains six new local councillor case studies. Each councillor gives their reasons for becoming a local councillor in the first place, what motivates them to remain in their community role and what they want to achieve as local councillors in the future.
- Power To The People: What Are Local Councils? (PDF, 1018 Kb)
Parish, town, community, neighbourhood and village councils are often referred to as local councils. They are a type of local authority.
Like other types of local authorities, local councils are involved in delivery of services and facilities for the public.
There are over 9,000 local councils in England. A local council enjoys a wide range of statutory powers related to the provision or support of certain services or facilities which generally benefit the residents who live in its area.
Local councils need active, interested and committed people to become councillors and get involved in their work.
This section briefly explains:
• how local councils fit into the structure of local government
• what a local council is
• examples of local council activities
• different sizes, different priorities
• the role of a local councillor
• how local councils make a difference
- Access to Elected Office for Disabled People Fund
The Access to Elected Office for Disabled People Fund offers individual grants to disabled people who are planning to stand for election.
The grants help meet the additional support needs that a disabled person has that are associated with their disability and their participation in a range of activity which is essential to participating in the selection and election processes. Without this support, a disabled person may face an additional barrier in the selection and campaign processes compared with a non-disabled person.
Please follow this link for more information on the fund and how to apply.
If you wish to find out more, or have any specific questions please call the Clerk on 07818 261 585 or send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org.