Methwold Parish Councillors
There are currently three vacancies for parish councillors, please contact te Clerk if you would like more information about becoming a parish councillor.
As designated by the Borough Council Methwold Parish Council as 13 seats which is based on the size of the Parish, its population and the Precept.
All members are non paid volunteers and normally serve for a 4 year term.
A councillor can be elected or co-opted through a given procedure should a vacancy arise.
A meeting where all members are summoned to attend by The Clerk is known as a Full Parish Council meeting.
Jim Marriage - Chairman
Rosemary Gibson - Vice Chair
Being a Parish Councillor
What does a Parish Council do?
A councillor is a member of the council and is normally elected for a term of four years. People of any political or religious persuasion are eligible to become a councillor for Methwold, although their personal, political views should not extend into their parish council work.
Becoming a parish councillor is a rewarding and valued form of public service. All councillors contribute to the work of the Parish Council by:
Having a say about the things they care about
Putting forward ideas for better services
Responding to the needs and views of parishioners
Seeking the best outcome to local issues
Getting involved in decision making
Helping to make Methwold a better place to live!
The parish council normally meet on the second Thursday of the month.
Meetings commence at 7.30 pm lasting around 2 hours at the 21 Room St George's Hall Complex. Councillors are expected to attend meetings on a regular basis. - Due to COVID-19 the parish council meets remotely please contact the Clerk for details.
Anyone wishing to become or remain on the parish council from May 2019 had to apply through a formal process managed by Borough Council of Kings Lynn and West Norfolk.
Result of the May 2019 Election - Uncontested
If you are interested in becoming a parish councillor you would need to meet the following criteria.
At least 18 years old on the day of your nomination, and a British citizen, an eligible Commonwealth citizen or a citizen of any other member state of the European Union
You must also meet at least one of the following four qualifications:
1. You are, and will continue to be, registered as a local government elector for the parish in which you wish to stand from the day of your nomination onwards
2. You have occupied as owner or tenant any land or other premises in the parish area during the whole of the 12 months before the day of your nomination and the day of election
3. Your main or only place of work during the 12 months prior to the day of your nomination and the day of election has been in the parish area
4. You have lived in the parish area or within three miles of it during the whole of the 12 months before the day of your nomination and the day of election
Disqualifications from standing
There are certain people who are disqualified from being elected to a parish council in England and Wales. You cannot be a candidate if at the time of your nomination and on the day of the election, any of the following are true:
1. You are employed by the parish council or hold a paid office under the parish/community council (including joint boards or committees)
2. You are the subject of a bankruptcy restrictions order or interim order
3. You have been sentenced to a term of imprisonment of three months or more (including a suspended sentence), without the option of a fine, during the five years before polling day
4. You have been disqualified under the Representation of the People Act 1983 (which covers corrupt or illegal electoral practices and offences relating to donations) or under the Audit Commission Act 1998
A person may also be disqualified from election if they have been disqualified from standing for election to a local authority following a decision of the First-tier Tribunal (formerly the Adjudication Panel for England or Wales).
Please click here to view the parish council's Co-option policy or contact the Clerk if you would be interested in becoming a parish councillor.
The Role of a Councillor
They are elected to represent the interests of the local community as a whole and promote a harmonious local environment. The number of elected councillors depends on the size of the area. In Methwold we are able to have 13 councillors.
Local councils are the first tier of governance and are the first point of contact for anyone concerned with a community issue. They are democratically elected local authorities and exist in England, Wales and Scotland. The term ‘local council’ is synonymous with ‘parish council’, ‘town council’ and ‘community council’.
Local councils are made up of locally elected councillors. They are legally obliged to hold at least one meeting a year. Most meet on a monthly cycle to discuss council business and hear from local residents. District councillors regularly attend parish meetings to report back to the district on developments at parish level. County councillors are also invited to attend parish meetings when the parish council feels it is appropriate, and they have a standing invitation to attend and report at the Annual Parish Meeting.
Councillors must abide by a Code of Conduct; a set of rules on how councillors are expected to behave. They must also declare their pecuniary (financial) interests in the parish, details of which are kept on a Register at Borough Council of Kings Lynn & West Norfolk