Become a Councillor
We currently have two councillor vacancies. One vacancy will be held by bi-election in May 2021. The councillors that make up the Parish Council are local people who are accountable solely to Oulton Broad and provide a democratic local voice; often taking on case work, raising queries and lobbying for action on behalf of their residents. Most importantly, their focus is entirely on the local area, prioritising the needs of the area and pushing for change and improvements.
It is important for parish councils that local people stand as candidates to ensure that the council is made up of people who truly understand the issues and priorities for the area. The best local councils are made up of a diverse range of local people, each bringing to the council their own life experiences and their own passion for the local area.
Usually parish councillors are unpaid and do not receive an allowance. In most councils, councillors only claim for expenses they have incurred in the course of their duties so that they are reimbursed for monies they have spent rather than receiving any additional pay.
The Council currently has vacancies for councillors. If you are interested in joining the Council, please contact the clerk using the details below.
The role of a Councillor
What do Parish Councillors do?
Parish Councillors work alongside District Councillors and County Councillors representing the same electorate, but for different purposes. Parish councillors deal with decisions that affect the immediate local area, lobbying on behalf of their community and representing the views of their local residents in relation to any issues/matters of concern affecting them directly.
These are usually more local issues such as:
• Play areas and play equipment
• Grants for local organisations
• Consultation on local planning
• Nicholas Everitt Park
• Nicholas Everitt Park Charity Trust
• Memorial benches/trees and flowers
• War Memorial
• Grit bins
• Provision of some local services