Your parish councillors

Your parish councillors are:

  • Laura Harker (Chair) 01931 712168
  • John Banks
  • Gary Calland
  • Malcolm Holt
  • Mary Westgarth
  • Chris Whittaker
  • Sophie Riches

 How are parish councillors elected?

Parish or town councillors are elected to represent a geographical area known as a ward or – mainly in smaller parishes– the parish or town council area as a whole. They are elected by people who live in the area.

What do parish councillors do?

Decision-making: through attending meetings and committees with other elected members, councillors decide which activities to support, where money should be spent, what services should be delivered and what policies should be implemented;

Monitoring: councillors make sure that their decisions lead to efficient and effective services by keeping an eye on how well things are working;

Getting involved locally: as local representatives, councillors have responsibilities towards their parishioners and local organisations. This often depends on what the councillor wants to achieve and how much time is available.

The day-to-day work of a councillor may include:

  • going to meetings of local organisations
  • going to meetings of bodies that affect the wider community, such as the police, the Highways Authority, schools and colleges
  • bringing parishioners concerns to the attention of the council

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