WITH THE DEADLINE approaching for nominations (Wednesday 27th March – see election notice) then it might be useful to signpost residents to some resources available about becoming a Town Councillor.
ERNLLCA – the East Riding and North Lincolnshire Local Councils Association – have a booklet available to download on their website (PDF file) explaining the role of local parish and town councils; All about Local Councils which is informative.
This booklet suggests that the role of Councillor takes up about three hours a week, but there are some councillors who spend more time than this – and some less, but in the main, being a local councillor is an enjoyable way of contributing to your community and helping to make it a better place to live and work.
The table below published by Hedon Town Council (percentages ours – Editor) shows the level of commitment in terms of attendance at Hedon Town Council meetings.
MEMBER ATTENDANCE HEDON TOWN COUNCIL MARCH 2012 TO FEBRUARY 2013. TOTAL NUMBER OF MEETINGS TAKEN PLACE = 70
|Councillor||Meetings attended out of 70||Percentage attended|
|S Jordan (resigned)||33||47%|
Further information on the election can be obtained from the Town Clerk, Hedon Town Hall on 01482 898428 (Tuesday, Thursday and Friday 9.00am till 3.00pm) or the East Riding of Yorkshire Council Democratic Services Department on 01482 887700.
Another useful source of information about Local Government generally – albeit more of interest to those looking to serve as an East Riding Councillor – is the LGiU website (Local Government Information Unit).
Finally – an obvious source of information is the East Riding Council website: Elections and Voting.