With cuts to local services, more demands on the public purse and so much to do to improve the life of local residents there has never been a better time to make a difference.
Application is simple, just indicate your interest to the Clerk along with submission of a brief CV, with reasons why you would like to be a Councillor, what skills you could offer and any areas of special interest. Cllrs then consider this and can offer you co-option to the Council. You have to complete a declaration of acceptance of office and complete a statement declaring any personal or pecuniary interests which is submitted to Cornwall Council.
Then the fun really begins…
Meetings take place on the last Thursday of each month at the Council Office at the Village Hall. Planning meetings are held on the second Thursday of each month and additional meetings to consider particular topics are in addition but there are seldom more than three meetings in a month.
We are certain that you would find participation interesting, informative, worthwhile and at times good fun. Things in local government are changing, services are struggling and some are failing; more powers and responsibilities are being devolved to parish/town level and it really is down to us to shape the future of the communities in which we work and live.
The closing date for applications is Friday 18 June 2021
What is a councillor?
Councillors are elected to represent the parish. They are generally elected by the public every four years, as there were not enough candidates at the recent election there are two Co-option spaces available on the Parish Council at the moment.
What do councillors do?
Councillors have three main components to their work.
- Decision making – Through meetings and attending 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
- Getting involved locally – As local representatives, councillors have responsibilities towards their constituents and local organisations. These responsibilities and duties often depend on what the councillor wants to achieve and how much time is available, and may include:
- Going to meetings of local organisations such as the Mining Villages Regeneration Group
- Going to meetings of bodies affecting the wider community (Camborne,Redruth, Illogan Pool Community Network)
- Taking up issues on behalf of members of the public
How much time does it take up?
Quite often councillors say that their duties occupy them for about three hours a week. Obviously, there are some councillors who spend more time than this – and some less, but in the main, being a, parish councillor is an enjoyable way of contributing to your community, and helping to make it a better place to live and work.
As a councillor representing your community you will help keep it a great place to live and work. You will be supported in your role and will be expected to undertake training. You should be comfortable working electronically. You should have a positive outlook and a can-do attitude and be willing to work as part of a team. If after reading this notice you are interested in applying please contact the clerk to the council using the above details.