Establishing Northstowe Town Council

What are the next steps?

Following South Cambridgeshire District Council’s Full Council decision to establish a new civil parish for Northstowe work is underway to put the necessary arrangements into place before first elections to the new council taking place on Thursday 6 May 2021.

Prior to the elections there is a need for interim representation for Northstowe Town Council; local district councillors, Sarah Cheung Johnson and Alex Malyon and county councillor Peter Hudson, will form this interim representation.

South Cambridgeshire District Council have recruited an interim clerk to help with the administrative tasks such as preparing the Standing Orders (the rules which set how the new council will operate), setting up bank accounts and creating a website for the new organisation. The interim clerk will be Rosie Hughes. Rosie's contact details are: interimclerknorthstowe@capalc.org.uk or 07724 588 949 (email is preferable).

What can Town Councils do?

Town and parish councils form the lowest tier of local government and are responsible for areas known as civil parishes.

They are statutory bodies, independently elected and raise their own precept (a form of council tax), empowering communities to tackle local issues that matter to them.

A parish council may decide to call itself a Town Council. However, the powers and duties of the parish council are the same regardless of its name.

They have a duty to provide certain facilities, powers to provide others and representative powers – including as a statutory consultee on all planning applications in their area – and (if eligible) general power of competence. What they choose to do depends on understanding the needs of the people they represent and other arrangements in place for the delivery of local services.

Becoming a councillor is a great way to make a difference in your community.

"Local councillors are the champions of their community who invest time in local projects and issues to the benefit of residents and the neighbour. Being a councillor involves developing strategies and plans for the area, helping with problems and ideas, representing the community, working with other local community groups, making and reviewing decisions and talking to the community about their needs and about what the council is doing." (National Association of Local Councils)

Becoming a councillor for the new parish

To help you decide if you would like to put yourself forward to be a councillor we have arranged some prospective councillor training sessions to learn about what this would involve. This is being offered on 2 dates:

  • Saturday 20 February 10am
  • Thursday 25 February 7pm

Sessions will be approximately 1.5 to 2 hours long, depending how many questions are asked.

To sign up for one of these sessions please email: Duty.Communities@scambs.gov.uk

By attending the training you are not automatically putting yourselves forward for election. Instead a nomination must be received. Nominations will open from 29 March and close at 4pm on 8 April. More information can be found here.

Following the elections in May we will also be holding some training for new councillors and these details will be shared early in the new year.

Voting

In order to be eligible to vote you must be registered to vote and to register in time for an election you must register at least 12 working days before the poll.

For more details about registering to vote please visit our Register to Vote page.