Parish Councillor Vacancies

Broomfield has no vacancies at present.  If, however, a vacancy does arise and you wish to be considered as a Parish Councillor please note the following:

Could I be a Parish Councillor?

As a councillor you can become a voice for your community and affect real change. Parish Councillors are the most local part of our demographic system and are closest to the public. Parish Councils have a large range of powers and activities. We are involved in planning consultations, environmental and highways issues, facilities provided by the Parish Council: . Angel Meadow, Broomfield Village Hall Charity, Centenary Wood, Angel Meadow Play Area, Village Greens, Allotment site etc.

How much time does it take up?

Broomfield Parish Council meets every month for a full council meeting and Councillors are also required to sit on a variety of Committees (Property & Planning; Broomfield Village Hall Charity; Civic Amenities; Finance; Personnel; Communications) which meet at various frequencies. Councillors require some time to read Agendas and other paperwork and may also attend training courses. Being a parish councillor is an enjoyable way of contributing to your community and helping to make it a better place to live.

Am I qualified?

Most people are. However, there are a few rules. You have to be:

  • a British Citizen, or a citizen of the Commonwealth or the European Union, and
  • 18 years or older on the day you become nominated for election

You cannot stand for election if you:

  • are the subject of a bankruptcy restriction order or interim order
  • have, within five years before the day of the election, been convicted in the UK of any offence and have had a prison sentence (whether suspended or not) for a period of over 3 months without the option of a fine
  • work for the council you want to become a councillor for.

What do Parish Councillors do?

Councillors have three main areas of work:

1. 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.

2. Monitoring – councillors make sure that their decisions lead to efficient and effective services by keeping an eye on how well things are working.

3. 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.

Please contact the Parish Clerk, Karen Hurrell (tel: 01245 441660) for more information or email: clerk@broomfieldessex.co.uk