Much Wenlock Town Council currently has three casual vacancies for Councillors (see notices below). If an election is requested by 6thJanuary 2022, the vacancies will be filled by election. If no election is requested, the vacancies will be filled by co-option.
Could you consider putting yourself forward? Are you passionate about your community? Do you want to help make a long-lasting change? Do you have innovative ideas for the council? Do you have concerns about a specific issue and want to do something about it? If this is you, then we need you. We need people from all backgrounds and experiences who reflect their community.
What do Local Councils and Councillors do?
Becoming a councillor is a rewarding experience as you will be able to make a change in your community to help improve residents’ lives. A councillor’s role can include developing strategies and plans for the area, helping with problems and ideas, representing the community, working with other local community groups, decision making and reviewing decisions and talking to the community about their needs and what the council is doing.
Local councils run numerous services, depending on the size of the council. Services can include street lighting, playing fields, rights of way, allotments, cemeteries, markets, public toilets, seats and shelters. Local planning matters will also come before the Council.
Information about Much Wenlock Town Council and the services it provides can be found on the Town Council’s website: www.muchwenlock-tc.gov.uk
How much time does it take up?
Being a councillor requires time and commitment and you should be prepared for this. 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.
At the very least, you should attend all full council meetings and, if you are a member of a committee, your council duties will increase. Much Wenlock Town Council meetings take place monthly, in the evening, and usually last for around two hours. You will be expected to prepare for the meetings by reading agendas and supporting papers to guide you with important decisions. There is also often work to be done outside of meetings.
If you have a passion for making your community a better place and you want to be part of the decision making process, do consider becoming a town councillor. The Town Clerk would be pleased to provide more information about the role and what is involved.
Further information about the procedure for filling the vacancies will be available after 6thJanuary 2022.