An Opportunity To Serve Your Community
In less than twelve weeks (on May 4th) there will be an opportunity to serve your community by putting your name forward to stand for election to the City Council.
Becoming a City Councillor means that you give your time on a purely voluntary basis with the expectation that you attend each monthly meeting (with the exception of August), any committee meetings to which you may be appointed and take an active part in a number of events organised under the auspices of the Council.
The job can often lead to frustration when lack of funding restricts progress and ideas to benefit the community are stifled but there is also the satisfaction of seeing a job well done, knowing that the needs of the community are being served as well as possible and looking after the hard earned assets of the community such as the open spaces, sports facilities and play areas which are part of the council’s remit.
Often members of the public are unaware of the voluntary status of City Councillors and the fact that their time and effort is freely given for no reward other than to serve the community in which they live.
The full complement of the Council is fourteen members and to ensure that they are elected democratically to serve the community needs
a number in excess of fourteen to stand for election in May for a term of four years.
The forthcoming elections provide an opportunity for residents from all areas to ‘stand up and be counted’ and to help make a difference if they so wish.
It’s not an easy job, it takes commitment, time and often ‘a thick skin’ when decisions are unfavourable and, as a result, comments are less than complimentary, but, when things go to plan, events are successful and decisions are well received, it gives great satisfaction.
There have been many changes within the council over the years and only three existing members can claim over twenty years service. Changes from a Parish Council to a Town Council and then to a City Council, changes to the Clerks (the only paid officer of the council) and numerous changes to rules and regulations keep members on their toes.
New councillors and those who have served previously are offered training on a variety of aspects including Planning, Code of Conduct etc.
If you are interested in becoming a councillor there is time to speak to existing members of the council, research the responsibilities of becoming a councillor and make a decision based on the facts and how the responsibilities fit into your lifestyle to ensure that you play a full and committed role to the benefit of your community.
Thinking of becoming a councillor?
Denbighshire County Council will be hitting the road with a series of information roadshows aimed at the county’s residents who are thinking of becoming a county councillor.
next county council elections will take place on Thursday, May 4, 2017, on the same day as the city, town and community council elections.
representatives will be on hand at the roadshows to provide information on the role of the county councillor, how the Council works, the issues county councillors will face after the elections, the nomination and election process and the support available to councillors once elected.
Serving councillors will also be available to share their experiences and insights on the office of elected member.
roadshows will take place at the following locations:
Fforddlas Community Centre, Rhyl – Tuesday, January 24
Conference Room 1a, County Hall, Ruthin – Tuesday, 31 January
Restaurant at the Nova, Prestatyn – Wednesday, February 8
Denbigh Town Hall – Tuesday, February 28
events will begin at 7.30pm and will last for approximately two hours.
booking is not essential, it would be useful if people could register their attendance at one of the workshops by e.mailing: email@example.com or by phone: 01824 712589.
further information about any aspects of the elections process, including nomination packs,please visit: http://www.denbighshire.gov.uk/elections or call 01824 706000.