Parish and town councils are at the heart of every community in Shropshire. You might be able to have a positive impact in your area by putting yourself forward for local council elections.
Are you already involved in your community?
Do you volunteer?
Do you have an interest in the upkeep and maintenance of your area?
Local councils form the most local level of elected government with an overall responsibility for the wellbeing and maintenance of their area. They are responsible for how their community spends their money and what services they should deliver.
Councillor Madge Shineton from Cleobury Mortimer had this to say about the role of a local councillor: “The role of the parish councillor is to bring together the views of the community of which that Parish council serves.”
Parish and Town Councils are currently being encouraged to deliver more local services as Government looks to local solutions for local problems. The Localism Act 2011 gave new freedoms to local communities to make decisions about the services they want and how they will be delivered. The need for more local councillors who understand the needs of their communities and how to work closely alongside community groups is ever more apparent.
Do you think you can work effectively in partnership with community groups and voluntary organisations as well as other councils to deliver the very best for your area?
Can you monitor how well the Council is performing and speak out on behalf of your community?
Some decisions will not be easy and you and your council colleagues will have to stick to the rules that guide your council.
If you are interested visit www.shropshirealc.wordpress.com/newsupdates for more information on what you might be able to do as a parish councillor. You can get your nomination packs from the 11th March. Follow us on Twitter on @ShropsALC for all latest parish council election news!
For more information on your eligibility for standing for election contact the Elections Team at Shropshire Council on firstname.lastname@example.org or by visiting the election pages on www.shropshirealc.com.