There are two vacancies for a Community Councillor on Marshfield Community Council and we are looking for individuals who would like to help make a difference. You don’t need any specific skills or experience – just a few hours spare time a week and a willingness to bring your community together, get involved and get things done.
The Community Council will look to fill the vacancies by co-option unless a bye-election is called to fill the vacancies. A bye-election to fill the vacancies will be held if ten electors for the ward/community give notice in writing requesting an election to the Returning Officer, within 14 working days from the date below. The Address of the Returning Officer is: Civic Centre, Newport, South Wales, NP20 4UR. If no such notice is given the Community Council will fill the vacancies by co-option.
If you are interested in becoming a Community Councillor, have some spare time to give to the community and would like to find out more or be considered for co-option, please contact the Clerk, G C Thomas, e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org. Tel: 01633 664285
What does the Community Council do?
The Council consists of eleven Councillors who represent the villages of Marshfield & Castleton. Community Councils are the tier of local government closest to the community and they are responsible for most local matters. They decide how much precept to raise from the council tax each year to improve facilities and services for local people and they decide how best to spend it. Marshfield Community Council has responsibility for the Village Hall children’s playgrounds, the allotments, the village green and is a custodian trustee for Marshfield Village Hall and playing fields. The Community Council also comment on planning applications to Newport City Council and they endeavour to influence NCC on local concerns like traffic, parking or local amenities. They look at village improvements and maintenance and supporting local community groups to improve quality of life in the community.
How much time does it take up?
Generally, councillors say that their duties occupy them for three to four hours a week. Obviously there are some councillors who spend more time than this – and some less. Council meetings are held on the evening of the second Monday of each month. Being a Community Councillor is an enjoyable way of contributing to your community, and helping to make it a better place to live and work.