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Parish councillor role description


Parish Councillor

Responsible to

All people resident within the Parish

Regular liaison with

Other councillors, local authorities, residents

Period of service

Four years with possible extension.


This is a voluntary position with some expenses able to be paid in certain cases.

Main purpose

Representing the views of all residents within your parish.

Secondary purpose

  • As part of a local council you will have responsibility for running local services which may include: open spaces, play areas, village halls, community car schemes and potentially much more.
  • Deciding on how much to raise through the council tax in order to deliver your council’s services.
  • Influencing and shaping the long term development policy for the parish, and as part of the planning process, comment on planning applications in the parish.
  • Improve the quality of life and the environment in their local area.
  • Working to identify issues which are important to the lives of the residents you represent.
  • Working to bring about improvements through local projects, lobbying other service providers and working in partnership with other parishes and agencies.
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