WELCOME TO THE GREAT BOUGHTON PARISH COUNCIL WEBSITE
Calling all Great Boughton residents past and present! Help our community celebrate its past and plan for our future.
To access lottery funding for a Great Boughton community heritage project, we need to find out how you, our community, feel about the idea…
Do let us know what you think and how you’d like to be involved by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org, messaging on 07709512348 or through our facebook page @greatboughton
You can also find out more here GBPC Heritage Project v1
VACANCY FOR PARISH COUNCILLOR
Great Boughton Parish Council currently has a vacancy
for a co-opted Councillor
Great Boughton Parish includes Vicars Cross and Boughton Heath and we are particularly keen to recruit someone who has an interest in the Boughton Heath area. If you care about Great Boughton, want to help shape its future and are willing to give time to work for the community please read below to find out more about becoming a Parish Councillor. The role is unpaid although expenses are paid and is the first level of local government, covering a historical geographical area – not to be confused with a church parish!
Could I be a Parish Councillor?
Being a Parish Councillor is a great opportunity to work for the community and help decide how to meet the concerns of residents and what is best for Great Boughton. It helps if you’re a “people person” who enjoys talking to other residents but, more importantly, you need to have the concerns and best interests of the parish as a whole at heart. Councillors are community leaders and should represent the aspirations of the public that they serve.
Councillors are there to consider the information gathered and make a group decision on all matters, keeping in mind the best interest of the community as a whole. No individual Councillor is responsible for any single decision.
How much time does it take up and when?
On average, a few hours a week. Obviously there are some Councillors who spend more time than this – and some less but all are expected to do something. In the main, being a Parish Councillor is an enjoyable way of contributing to your community and helping to make it a better place to live and work. Council meetings are always held in the evening – as are most meetings of the other groups which Councillors attend on the Council’s behalf.
Talking and listening to your fellow parishioners can be done at any time but you must usually be able to attend the monthly Council meeting. In Great Boughton, meetings take place on the third Monday of each month at 7pm. There are a number of Sub Groups who also meet on Monday evenings and focus on specific topics eg. Planning, Traffic or Open Spaces. There is an expectation that every councillor will sit on at least one sub group.
You may be asked to represent the Parish Council’s views at meetings elsewhere either regularly or on an occasional basis and all Councillors are expected to attend training or briefing sessions (usually 2-3 times a year). In your first few months there will also be training for new Councillors, aimed at helping you find your feet and to learn what Parish Councils can and can’t do.
What skills will I need to be a Parish Councillor?
Parish Councils benefit from diversity and we welcome interest from people of different ages, backgrounds, experiences and abilities. Good communication skills, problem solving, analytical thinking and being a team player are all useful skills, and it doesn’t matter whether you acquired these from your professional life or from community, voluntary or life experience. The most important thing is that you care about Great Boughton and are willing to take an active role.
All Councillors are required to abide by the Code of Conduct and by law you must register financial, business and other interests in the Parish.
If you would like to become a Parish Councillor or would like more information, please contact the Clerk at email@example.com for a call back from a current Councillor.
PARISH COUNCIL MEETINGS
The full parish council meeting will be held on Monday 15th March 2021 at 7pm via an online platform. Members of the public are very welcome.
POLICE COMMUNITY SUPPORT
Great Boughton has a local community base in Vicars Cross Community Centre in Thackeray Drive and a dedicated Police Community Support Officer and a dedicated Police Constable.
PCSO Jamie Carpenter’s monthly report is shared at the parish council meetings and can be found here: Great Boughton Parish Council jan feb
To contact the parish council, ring the Clerk on 07709512348 or email firstname.lastname@example.org
To contact the Chair, email email@example.com