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Become a Local Councillor

We are calling on residents, passionate about their community to stand in the local elections in 2019.

 

 

 

 

 

 

What does Selsey Town Council do?

STC provides play areas and open spaces at the Recreation Ground, Manor Green Park, Oval Field, the East Beach Amenity Area and Hillfield Road. We provide buildings for community use including the Selsey Centre, the Town Hall Complex, the Community Bus Garage and public WC's at Warners Yard. We support community security and wellbeing through contributions to the Community Warden scheme, CCTV in the town and working in partnership to assist local groups and ventures such as Sports Dream, Men in Sheds, Movies for Memories, the Community Forum and Arts Dream - to name but a few! We work in partnership with local groups on projects to benefit the community. Currently, we are running Selsey Vision to engage our residents in identifying what they want for the future of the town, the Photo Archive Project to provide an online visual archive of the town's history and Sea's The Day, a project with and for the local fishing industry to preserve it's heritage, raise awareness and promote Selsey crab, lobster, fish and shellfish both locally and nationally. The Council also works to boost Selsey's economy by providing events which promote the town and encourage visitors. And we engage in planning issues - we give our views on local applications to the Planning Authority (Chichester District Council) and try to positively influence all development, whether small or large, through developing a Neighbourhood Plan. 

What does being a Selsey Town Councillor involve?

Being a Selsey Town Councillor gives you the opportunity to bring forward ideas and projects for community and Council support. The Town Council (as a parish council) has a wide range of powers and make all kinds of decisions on issue that affect the local community. It's fair to say that, on their own, parish or town councils have limited powers and/or resources to make a difference on some issues but good parish councils should work with other organisations that do make the final decision (the District and County Councils, the police, etc) to ensure that the community view is heard and taken seriously. Primarily, parish and town councils look at local matters - they have the power to raise money through the council tax and this money is spent in providing services for the community's benefit. 

Being a local Councillor is a commitment; you are elected to represent the interests of the town and its residents. All 14 Councillors sit on the Full Council, which meets 5/6 times a year to consider major issues including finance and policy decisions. As a Councillor you are legally obliged to attend and the agenda is issued to you in the form of a summons.  If the agenda includes issues which the Council must make decisions on, the agenda with be accompanied by reports and documents which you will need to read in order to be prepared for the meetings. 

The Council also has four Committees, which Members can put themselves forward for. The Planning Committee meets every 3 weeks in order to meet the 21-day consultation deadline set by the Planning Authority on local applications. The Planning Committee also considers traffic and environmental matters. The Assets & Amenities Committee meets 4 times a year to consider matters ranging from new play equipment and hire of open spaces to the provision of Christmas lighting and maintenance equipment. The Personnel Committee considers staffing matters on an ad hoc basis, meeting at least once a year. And the Complaints Committee deals with complaints against the Council, meeting only as required. Councillors are not required to join any Committees but if they do put themselves forward they will be summonsed to attend just in the same way as for the Full Council meetings. 

Meetings of Full Council, Planning and Assets & Amenities take place on Wednesdays, starting at 7.30pm. The Personnel & Complaints Committees meet on an ad hoc basis but you will always be given notice via your summons.  Each meeting should last a maximum of two hours but it is often the case that more than one meeting is scheduled for the same evening and they will run back to back.

Don't panic - there will be lots to learn but an induction in to the role and training will be given. The staff team will be on hand to support you and more experienced Councillors will always offer guidance and advice. 

Can I stand?
There are only a few rules to stand for election. You must be: 
• A British citizen, or a citizen of the Commonwealth, or the European Union
• 18 years of age or older 
• Live in an area that is served by a local council
 

How can I find out more?

Please come to our Becoming a Councillor evening on 27th March 2019 at 7pm. The Clerk and current Councillors will offer an introduction to Council life and be on hand to answer all your questions.
 

Contact enquiries@selseytowncouncil.gov.uk or drop in to the Office at 55 High Street, Selsey, PO20 0RB or visit www.nalc.gov.uk/elections
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