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Could you be a parish councillor?

Posted on February 07 2011 at 2:47:56

As the May elections loom, one village parish council is aiming to help people who might be thinking about standing.

As part of their ongoing series of Residents’ Meetings, Lickey and Blackwell Parish Council will be holding a dedicated event in which they will reveal all about PC activities.

What may be a bit of a gray area to many, the blurred lines between the duties of a parish council, of the district council and that of a county council will be brought into focus.

How is the precept arrived at, who’s responsible for our footways and the roads, and do we actually need a parish council are questions that will be addressed.

“There are many talented people in our parish who could offer their expertise in supporting the community and becoming a Parish Councillor,” says Coun Keith Woolford.

“Even if it may not be so obvious what a prospective candidate can readily bring to a parish council, the most important quality is enthusiasm - the rest will follow

“Although it may seem a little daunting at first, training will be given and those with a little more experience will be on hand to help. As a bonus, you can also acquire so much personal achievement in this role.”

With Lickey End Parish Council now dissolved, the remaining 19 parish councils in the Bromsgrove district demonstrate there is a sound case for the continuance of this ‘first tier’ of government.

The meeting is on Saturday 26th February at The Wheel, St Catherines Road, Blackwell, from 10am to noon. More information at: http://www.lickeyandblackwellpc.org

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