The District Councillor's Role
The Council is made up of 38 Councillors representing 22 wards.
The wards currently have between one and three Councillors
Councillors work within the remit of the District Council's
All Councillors are expected to represent and champion the
interests of the community, businesses and constituents in their
ward. To achieve this as a Councillor you will need to:
- keep yourself informed about the needs of your
- represent your community to the District Council and
- be accessible to the people in your area
- play a leading role in your area and keep in contact
with local groups, societies and parish councils
- keep the people in your area informed about your work
and that of the council.
As well as representational roles, Councillors participate in
the political management of the council All 38 Councillors
agree the council's annual budget and important policies.
Additionally your political group may put you forward to be a
member of one or more of the council's committees.
Committee meetings are open to the public and prior to the
elections you are welcome to attend if you would like to see how
the council's political structures operate. A
calendar of meetings is available for your information.
Councillors may also be nominated by the council to serve on a
wide range of organisations such as community organisations and
charities or to represent the council on local and regional
The way in which Councillors conduct themselves in office,
particularly over matters where they have a financial or personal
interest, is governed both by the law and by a Code of Conduct.
If elected, you will be required to sign a declaration stating
that you undertake to observe the Council's Code of Conduct for
Councillors. You will also be required to declare certain
financial and other interests which you may have.