Why be a parish councillor?
- Can make positive change in the community, and there is actual money to help do that (from both CIL / S106 funding, see here) and from the precept raised from council tax
- Conversely, it’s also possible to help get council tax bills down by saving money
What is the parish council responsible for?
- Management of three parks (Oxford Road Rec, Herschel Crescent Rec and the small Newman Park alongside the ring road)
- Installation of small-scale things like bins, benches and bus shelters
- Commenting on planning applications and other planning issues (although we have no decision-making powers)
- Traffic calming like the work on Oxford Road over the summer and those flashing speed limit signs now on Sandy Lane West
- Running small community grant scheme (up to £500 grants)
- Annual litter pick
- Projects like the LTN survey and the 17th Feb public transport meeting
- Publishing the local newsletter Littlemore Local
- Minimum: one 2h full parish council meeting once a month (this is currently 2nd Tuesday of the month)
- There are three extra committees (finance, planning and personnel) which you need to be voted onto (also meet monthly)
- There are various other working groups (e.g. transport, climate and biodiversity, IT, neighbourhood plan, community engagement, small grants) – these meet in a much more ad-hoc basis depending on what is going on. Members of the public can join these.
Salary / expenses
- Salary: none
- Expenses: none (though very unlikely to incur any)
Email [email protected] for more information or to apply