Establishing Northstowe Town Council
Northstowe Town Council
Following South Cambridgeshire District Council’s Full Council decision to establish a new civil parish 15 councillors were elected on 6 May 2021. They were elected for a 1 year term and the next election will be in May 2022. This is to bring the 4 year election cycle in line with other South Cambridgeshire Parish/Town Councils.
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: firstname.lastname@example.org 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)