What do local Councillors do?
Lyminge Parish Council has 13 councillors who represent 3 wards – Lyminge, Etchinghill and Rhodes Minnis. Councillors are elected and are unpaid. The next election is May 2019.
There is a legal requirement for councillors to attend a minimum number of meetings and to abide by a Members’ Code of Conduct.
Councillors have three main areas of work:
- Decision-making: through attending meetings and committees with other elected members, Councillors decide which activities to support, where money should be spent, what services should be delivered and what policies should be implemented.
- Monitoring: Councillors make sure that their decisions lead to efficient and effective services by keeping an eye on how well things are working.
- Getting involved locally: as local representatives, Councillors have responsibilities towards their constituents and local organisations. This often depends on what the Councillor wants to achieve and how much time is available.
The day-to-day work of a Councillor may include:
- going to meetings of bodies that affect the wider community, such as the police, the Highways Authority, schools and local organisations and charities
- taking up issues on behalf of members of the public, such as making representations to the District Council
- meeting with individual residents in their own homes
- consulting on planning applications with the Local Planning Authority