Denton a village in South Norfolk, England

Denton Parish Council – Elections

The most recent election for our Parish Council was held in May 2015 on the same day as the SNC elections.

The whole council, of seven members, is elected at the same time and serve for four years; so the next election will be in May 2019.

If, as happened in 2015, not enough people put themselves forward for election then those that do are declared "elected unopposed" and may co-opt others to fill the vacant positions.

During the four year term of office, if a vacancy arises (e.g. due to death or resignation) then local electors are entitled, and invited, to request that a full by-election should be held. In practice this rarely happens and the council can fill the vacancy by co-option.

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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