Councillors (also known as Members) are normally elected for four year terms, and play a very important role in the running of the Council. Councillors are elected by local people to plan, run, monitor and develop Council business.
Councillors work to improve the quality of life for people within their area and make decisions about local issues. They have to decide what is in the public interest amidst a range of conflicting issues and views. Councillors usually represent a Political Party; however, they can be Independent. All Councillors represent all the residents in their ward.
The role of a Councillor includes:
- Attending a range of other Council related meetings and events
- Attending meetings of other organisations to which they have been appointed
- Attending meetings with officers
- Undertaking training to ensure their skills and knowledge are up to date
- Attending Parish Council meetings
- Holding surgeries in their local Ward
- Respond to enquiries in their ward and supporting community engagement
- Acting as an advocate for residents and liaise with officers accordingly
Some Councillors also have other special responsibilities such as the Leader of the Council, or Chairmen of Committees, and some are Members of other authorities such as County or Parish Councils.