Your Councillors are elected by you.
The Council consists of up to 14 Councillors who serve for a term of four years.
Councillors are volunteers who may receive some expenses but are otherwise unpaid.
Vacancies on the council are filled either by election, or if insufficient candidates put themselves forward to make this necessary, by co-option (i.e. the Council invites willing individuals to fill the vacancies).
Individuals wishing to register an interest in becoming a Councillor are invited to contact the Parish Clerk.
Each year the Council members elect a Chair and a Vice-Chair to manage meetings.
You can find out more about your councillors and the areas of local services they look after by clicking on the “i” symbol against any of the names below.
West Northamptonshire Councillors
Role of Council members and the Parish Clerk
Council Members are responsible for seeing that the Council meets its obligations to deliver certain local services. They consult with residents and local firms, make proposals, vote on proposals and are responsible for implementing the Council’s decisions.
Council Members are unpaid and elected (usually, but see here).
They are expected to represent the views of parish residents and local businesses in Council discussions and in discussions with other bodies such as the District Council or the County Council, although they also bring their own experience and knowledge to discussions and decisions.
Parish Councils are not run on party political lines and Members do not have to be members of a political party to serve.
The Parish Clerk is employed by the Council to provide administrative support for the Council’s activities.
The clerk’s primary responsibility is to advise the Council on whether its decisions are lawful and to recommend ways in which decisions can be implemented. To help with this, the Clerk can be asked to provide unbiased information to help the Council to make appropriate choices.
The Clerk does not take decisions on Council matters and does not vote on motions at Council meetings.
The Council is responsible for all decisions and the Clerk takes instructions from the Council as a body.
The Clerk is not answerable to any individual councillor – not even the Chairman.
Other Council Managed Activities
Footpath and Rights-of-Way Warden: Kerry Simmons – email@example.com
Wildlife and Tree Warden: Ian Dobson
WoW Editor: WoW Production Team – firstname.lastname@example.org
John Williams – email@example.com
Pete Davies – firstname.lastname@example.org
Halls Booking Clerk: Beverley Blackwell – (07579 020003 / email@example.com)
Halls Caretaker: Andy Rymer (07919 485151 / firstname.lastname@example.org)
Council also has representatives on various other bodies as follows:
Woodford cum Membris Heritage Trust : Kay Coles
Eleemosynary Charities Trustees+ : Kay Coles, Paul Blackwell
+ Other trustee is the current ecclesiastical parish incumbent.