Parish councillors are unpaid and represent local residents. The next election is May 2023.
The Parish Council is the most local tier of government with a number of responsibilities, including provision and maintenance of amenity areas, maintenance of parish and common land, local input to planning applications, donations to local groups, and initiating and making recommendations to other authorities on improvements to the village.
Misterton Parish Council works closely with Bassetlaw District Council (www.bassetlaw.gov.uk) and Nottinghamshire County Council (www.nottscc.gov.uk). The District Councillor holds monthly surgeries, and the MP, John Mann, holds bi-monthly surgeries, in the Parish Council’s office.
You can send an email to any MP and find out about attendance and voting patterns and more about who represents you locally by visiting the website Theyworkforyou.com.
Role of a Parish Councillor
A Parish councillor is elected by the voters who live in the ward in which they have chosen to stand. Parish councillors have three main areas of work, which include:
- Decision-making – attending meetings and deciding what activities to support and how money should be spent.
- Monitoring – keeping an eye on what is going on to make sure that their decisions lead to efficient and effective services, and
- Getting involved locally.
There is a legal requirement to attend a minimum number of meetings and to abide by a members’ code of conduct.
The National Association of Local Councils publishes The Good Councillors Guide and a booklet for people who want to know more about the role of a councillor.