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Revised Item from 01/02/2016 - 00:00:00

Elections for all seats on the Parish Council are held every 4 years and the next election is due to take place on Thursday 7th May 2015 (the same day as the General Election).  Free Briefing Session – 4th February 2015 On 4th February, at 6.30pm at the Civic Centre, Stafford Borough Council are holding a free briefing session on the Electoral Processes for all prospective Parish Candidates and Parish Clerks regarding the arrangements for the Parish Elections in 2015, focusing on the nomination arrangements and any other changes since the last Parish Elections in 2011. If you are interested in becoming a parish councillor this may be useful to you or you can, if you prefer, obtain details from the Clerk about the election process or the role of a parish councillor. If you are considering becoming a parish councillor the following information may be useful: What is a Parish Council It is an elected body in the first tier of Government, a corporate body with a legal existence of its own.  Other tiers (Borough and County) have many legal duties to deliver services such as education, housing and transport whereas local councils have the legal power to take action but they have very few duties and greater freedom to choose what action to take.  Parish Councils have powers and duties to provide services for their community and they can raise and spend public money.  They are a voice for their local community by working to influence the decisions of the Borough and County Councils and other bodies.  The Parish Council has an overall responsibility for the well-being of the local community.  The work of the parish councils falls into three main categories:
  1. Representing the local community
  2. Delivering services to meet local needs
  3. Striving to improve the quality of life in the parish

What does Gnosall Parish Council do? Planning, highways, transport and traffic, community safety, housing, allotments, burial ground, play areas, the Acres, the Village Green, the Grosvenor Centre, litter, neighbourhood planning, village festivals and celebrations – these are “some” of the issues that concern this parish council.  The role of a Parish Councillor

  • A councillor’s normal term of office is four years
  • Any person over the age of 18, who is a citizen of the UK can be a councillor if they are an elector in, work in, or live in or within 3 miles of the area
  • The main job of a councillor is to participate in the collective decision making processes of council
  • Councillors bring local issues to the attention of the Council and hope to make a difference by influencing decisions that affect the community

As a councillor you have a responsibility to

  • Attend and take part in meetings and consider all the relevant facts and issues on matters which require a decision
  • Take part in voting and respect decisions made by the majority of those present and voting
  • Ensure, with other councillors, that the council is properly managed
  • Represent the whole electorate and not just those who voted for you.

Gnosall Parish Council has 16 councillors and meets as a full council every month apart from August.  There are currently ten other committees and working groups that councillors choose to be members of such as Open Spaces, Resources, Grosvenor and Procedures.  These committees meet regularly throughout the year.  Gnosall Parish Council needs active, interested and committed people to serve and get involved in the work of the council. The role of a councillor is challenging, exciting and at times frustrating; there is, however, much satisfaction in knowing how as a councillor, working with your Council, you have made a difference. Councillors receive no remuneration and give generously their time in the hope that they can help improve the quality of life for those living in their community.