Councillors want to make our community a great place to live and work and are committed to doing their bit to make it happen. They are comfortable working with IT, have a positive outlook and a ‘can-do’ attitude, and be willing to work as part of a team.
You will be supported and will undertake some training to help you make a contribution.
What do councillors do?
In meetings and committees with other councillors, they decide which activities to support, where money should be spent, what services should be delivered and what policies should be implemented.
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
Councillors have responsibilities towards their constituents and local organisations. This may include going to meetings of other organisations and taking up issues on behalf of members of the public.
How much time does it take up?
That depends on how active you want to be. 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. Some councillors will devote an average of an hour or two a week to the role, and some much more.
How do I apply?
If you are interested in applying, please contact the clerk to the council.
The closing date for applications is Midday on Friday 8 October 2021.
If you think you can make a change for your community at a local level, complete the application form and return it to the clerk by midday, Friday 8 October 2021.
See the Local Government Act 1972, sections 79 to 82, 85,92 and 104.
A person is qualified to be elected as a local councillor, and to hold such office, if they are a qualifying Commonwealth citizen, or a citizen of the Republic of Ireland, or a relevant citizen of the [European] Union, and on the relevant day (defined below) has reached 18 years of age AND –
On that day they are, and thereafter continues to be, a local government elector for the area of the authority; or
They have, during the whole of the 12 months preceding that day, occupied, as owner or tenant, any land or other premises in that area; or
Their principal or only place of work during that 12 months has been in the area (Note: this could, arguably, be “the local council’s offices” – based on his previous principal or only work as a councillor); or
They have, during the whole of the 12 months, resided in the area; or
They have, during the whole of the 12 months preceding the relevant date, resided within 3 miles of the parish or community. This qualification only applies to parish or community councillors and does not extend to district or county councillors (s. 79(1) LGA1972).
The ‘relevant day’ means (except in the case of an election not preceded by the nomination of candidates) the day on which the person is nominated as a candidate and, if there is a poll, the day of election. In the expected case, the term means the day of election.
In order to qualify on the basis of residence, it is necessary for the person at least to have and use sleeping accommodation within the area or within three miles thereof; and it is possible for a person (eg a student) to be a resident in more than one place at a time.
A member qualified under (b), (c), (d) or (e) above continues to be qualified during the term of his office even though they cease to be an elector or their situation is otherwise changed. However, a councillor qualified on the day of nomination and election only by virtue of them being a local government elector must continue to be a local government elector for the local council’s area during the whole period of their office. Note that registration on the electoral roll is essential to qualification as a local government elector.
Car parks in Cornwall will remain free of charge until mid-May to support high streets as they get back to business.
The Council will keep its car parks free until May 17, 2021, to support high streets, as businesses such as non-essential shops, hairdressers and outside hospitality are set to reopen on April 12.
Cornwall Council suspended parking charges at the beginning of lockdown in January to limit the spread of coronavirus and help those working from home find a parking space.
The plan is to resume charging on May 17, in line with the Government’s roadmap out of lockdown.
The Council will no longer recognise the Government-issued NHS Free Parking Pass within its car parks from May 17.
This is due to the Council having implemented its own Healthcare parking permit scheme, with more than 2,500 permits already having been issued to healthcare professionals working within our communities.
These permits enable the holder to park safely on yellow lines, thereby maximising the amount of time spent delivering care to local residents within their homes.
Great British Spring Clean – 28 May to 13 June 2021
This spring, join Keep Britain Tidy and our community of #Litterheroes on our #MillionMileMission to clear litter from our streets, parks and beaches. Because what is good for our environment is good for our mental and physical health too.
In the past 12 months our outdoor spaces and places have mattered to us more than ever before. So join us and show some love for those special places that helped us through lockdown.
Great news! You can now let us know how many hours & minutes of litter-picking you will pledge during the Great British Spring Clean here. You can pledge as an individual or as a group, which at the moment is you plus one other person, a family group or bubble, or a school.
Census day was Sunday, but it is vital those who have not yet completed, do so as soon as possible.
Sunday March 21 marked the day that millions of people across England and Wales completed key questions about themselves and their households to ensure local services in every community are informed by the best information possible.
However, for those who have not yet submitted their online or paper questionnaires or have maybe misplaced their invitation letter, there is lots of help available.
“The information you provide needs to be about who usually lives in your household on Census Day, which was Sunday March 21, however if you’ve haven’t completed it yet, please do so – there’s still time to,” the Office for National Statistics’ deputy national statistician Iain Bell said.
“Every household should have received their letter inviting them to take part and we’ve had a great response so far. If you haven’t, or you have misplaced your letter, you can head online to www.census.gov.uk and request a new unique access code.
“There is plenty of help available, including face-to-face assistance at local Census Support Centres.
“Field officers will soon start calling at households who have not completed their census. They will follow social distancing and COVID-safe guidelines, supporting people to take part.
“They will be equipped with PPE and will never need to enter anyone’s home. They’ll be operating much like a postal or food delivery visit.”
The results from the census will shed light on the needs of different groups and communities, and the inequalities people are experiencing, ensuring the big decisions facing the country following the pandemic and EU exit are based on the best information possible, through the anonymised answers provided.
The ONS will never share personal details and no-one, including government bodies, will be able to identify you in census statistics. Personal census records will be kept secure for 100 years, and only then can future generations view it.
If people do not complete their census, they may have to pay a fine of up to £1,000.
For more information, including how to find a local census support centre, please visit www.census.gov.uk.
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