Become a Councillor
A vacancy for a councillor exists in the Martlesham West ward, which can now be filled by co-option as no electors have called for a bye-election. This means that existing council members can appoint a new councillor at the meeting of the full Council on 07 February 2018. You do not have to live in the Martlesham West ward. If you are interested, please check with the Clerk whether you are eligible.
This is your opportunity to help improve your community and lend your voice and life experiences to help protect your community in these challenging times. No matter what your background or employment status everyone has valuable views that count and would add to the community’s voice.
How much work will it be?
The more time and energy you put in the greater the rewards but it is up to you how active you are. Every council is unique. We look after open spaces, footpaths, play areas, bus shelters, litter and dog dirt bins; organise practical working parties; respond to planning applications and consultations; liaise with the principal authorities and local organisations. We continue to face major challenges regarding development in our parish.
You will be expected to attend regular decision-making meetings: the full Council meets 10 times a year on the 1st Wednesday of all months except August & December; and also to join at least one of our committees which meet usually at most 6 times a year.
Please look at our website to find out more.
Will I be paid?
Councillors cannot be paid and do not receive any allowances but they may claim reasonable expenses.
What do I do next?
Please contact the Clerk for more information and also to check whether you are eligible to become a councillor. Please come along to a meeting and find out what we’re like!