Be a Parish Councillor
- Do you care about Long Ashton?
- Do you want the opportunity to make a difference in YOUR community?
Then why not put your name forward to be co-opted onto the Parish Council (co-options last until the next elections when you can then stand as a candidate)?
There are currently five vacancies within the Long Ashton Ward of the Parish Council.
Long Ashton Parish Council has 21 Councillors; 19 representing Long Ashton and two representing Leigh Woods. Council and committee meetings are typically been held on a Monday evening, and many Councillors participate in additional Working Groups.
Some of the present Councillors have many years of experience and others just a few months. What's important is the experience, knowledge and range of views each councillor brings. This helps the parish council to consider and respond to a wide range of community priorities. If you’ve not been a Councillor before (or even if you have), training is available via the Avon Local Councils Association and the National Association of Local Councils.
Firstly are you qualified? The answer is probably yes! If you are over 18, a British citizen, a qualifying Commonwealth citizen, or a citizen of any other member state of the European Union, and you have a connection to the area i.e. you are on the Electoral Register, live in or near the Parish, or work here. For a detailed description of qualifications and things that would disqualify you, click here .
http://www.beacouncillor.org.uk/ provides many more reasons why you might want to consider becoming a councillor.
Click here to open up a leaflet about becoming a councillor.
We've also produced leaflets explaining what Parish Councils do and the role of the Parish Councillor. To read more just click the following links:
If you would like more information about becoming a councillor of Long Ashton Parish Council, please contact a current councillor or the clerk.