Denton a village in South Norfolk, England

Denton Parish Council – Elections

2015 is an Election Year for the Parish Council

All existing Parish Councillors stand down in May and the Parish Council hope to have a fully elected, rather than a partly co-opted, council. Unfortunately, last time in 2011 only six people were nominated to fill the seven places available and the vacancy had to be filled by co-option.

All anyone wishing to stand need do is to complete: a consent to nomination form and a nomination paper which must be signed by a proposer and seconder.

Forms can be obtained from Peter Hill, 01986 788619 or Pauline Sandell 01379 854454, or can be downloaded from the South Norfolk District Council Website

Completed forms must be handed in to South Norfolk Council between 24th March and 9th April 2015 9am-4pm Monday-Friday.

Denton Parish Council has seven seats available. If there are more than seven candidates, an election will take place on 7th May. If there are only seven or fewer than seven candidates an election will not be necessary.

Denton Parish Council meets once a month, except for August and December, on the second Tuesday of the month at 8pm in Denton Village Hall. Meetings normally finish between 9.30pm and 10pm. Training can be given to new councillors if necessary.

Former Members

A list, as yet incomplete, of former members of the Council is provided in the History Section.

Further Information

The following notes were provided by the Norfolk Association of Local Councils.

There are 10,000 community, parish and town councils in England and Wales, controlled by Acts of Parliament and they are responsible for the most local of matters. Importantly, they can "precept" - raising a sum collected with the council tax each year to improve facilities and services for local people.

Parish, town and community councils in England and Wales have a number of basic responsibilities in making the lives of local communities more comfortable, many of which are often taken for granted. Essentially these powers fall within three main categories: - representing the whole electorate within the parish; delivering services to meet local needs; and striving to improve quality of life in the parish. Individual powers include traffic calming measures, local youth projects, tourism activities, leisure facilities, car parks, village greens, public lavatories, litter bins, street lighting, street cleaning, burial grounds, allotments, bus shelters, commons, opens spaces, footpaths, bridleways, and crime reduction measures. Community, parish and town councils can also comment on planning applications - they are statutory consultees and can be represented at public inquiries.

The Role of a Councillor

What is a councillor?

Councillors are elected to represent an individual geographical unit on the council, known as a ward or - mainly in smaller parishes - the entire parish or town council area. They are generally elected by the public every four years.

What do councillors do?

Councillors have three main components to their work:

How much time does it take up?

Quite often councillors say that their duties occupy them for about three hours a week. Obviously there are some councillors who spend more time than this - and some less, but in the main, being a community, parish and town councillor is an enjoyable way of contributing to your community, and helping to make it a better place to live and work.

Am I qualified?

Yes - most people are. However there are a few rules. You must be:

You cannot stand for election if:

But I'm too young ....

Some parish councils also run youth councils, comprising a number of young people representing their local schools and colleges. They are granted their own political forum by having a space and a time to meet and discuss matters that affect them. These youth councils are in direct communication with their parish councils so they can also be involved in decision-making. If there is not a scheme, or a parish youth forum in your community, get together with friends and put a proposal to your local community, parish or town council.

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