Empowering Parish and Town Councils in Northamptonshire

9 Top Reasons to Stand For Election - #8

9 Top Reasons to Stand For Election - #8

Are you thinking of standing to be a parish or town councillor in the elections on 7 May 2015? Hurry, the deadline to submit your nomination papers is 4pm tomorrow, Thursday 9 April 2015.

In the run up to the deadline we've been looking at Nine Top Reasons to Stand for Election.

Number 8 - A Stepping Stone to Bigger Things

One of the great strengths of parish and town councils is that they are focused solely on their area. As a councillor you will make decisions that are in the best interests of your village or town, even if that means that another community misses out (that's up to their council, right?!). This focus is different to district and county councils, which have to judge and balance the competing needs of all the communities in their area.

So as a parish or town councillor your focus is necessarily very local. However, if you are the type that looks for opportunities to spread your wings, being a parish or town councillor can be a stepping stone to bigger things. Many a district or county councillor has cut their teeth by being a parish councillor first. Even some MPs started out as parish or town councillors; indeed some are still involved.

Even if you want to remain rooted in the parish sector there are opportunities for you to play on a wider stage. You could be appointed as a director at the County Association of Local Councils and gain a county-wide perspective, or even get elected as your county's representative on the Council of the National Association of Local Councils (www.nalc.gov.uk).

Public service in your capacity as a parish or town councillor may lead to other roles in public life too. The skills you learn as a parish or town councillor in terms of governance and accountability will stand you in good stead in all sorts of other public roles. In fact, you may become very sought-after if you have the right skills!

Please consider standing to be a parish or town councillor. You'll be very glad you did!

If you live in Northamptonshire you'll find the contact details for all parish and town councils here. Get in touch with the Clerk and they will tell you how you can stand for election.

Posted: Wed, 08 Apr 2015 07:00 by Danny Moody

Tags: Elections