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Vacancy: Councillor for CA Parish Council

There is currently a vacancy on Cold Ashby Parish council and anyone on the electoral register or who works in the village can put themselves forward for consideration. Between formal elections every four years, new councillors can be co-opted and they enjoy the same rights as normally elected members of the council.

Councillors are elected for four years and serve in a team of seven on the parish council. Parish councils are a tier of local government alongside district and county councils. All three tiers have complementary duties, powers and responsibilities.

Training will be provided for all new councillors so that they understand their role after the election or co-option. The minimum time commitment is attendance at one 2 hour meeting per month, on the first Wednesday. There is rarely a requirement beyond this, so the role is not an onerous one. A lively interest in helping plan imrovements for the village and its residents is helpful as a willingness to be part of a team in making decisions.

The council is supported by the services of a professional clerk, who prepares the meeting papers and looks after the financial side of things. The Council has around £10,000 per year to spend on the village, but its influence often goes way beyond its budget.

You can make a difference as a local councillor and the role can be a very rewarding one.

Cold Ashby council has places for seven councillors. Last year only six councillors were elected so there is one vacancy and the local council is now looking to co-opt a seventh councillor, with the same authority as the elected councillors, as soon as possible. If you are interested call the clerk (see below).

Graham Jones, the clerk, will be happy to help with any questions you might have, or with anything else you wish to know. Call him on 0796608673