Councillors and clerk

 

The number of councillors serving on a council is determined by Shropshire Council. Elections are held every 4 years and normally take place on the first Thursday of May.

 

The role of councillor

Councillors represent their local area and everyone who lives there.  To become a councillor a person must be over 21 years of age and fulfil a number of requirements.  Having taken office, a councillor signs a Declaration of Acceptance of Office and abides by the council’s adopted Code of Conduct.

WRPC Code of Conduct July 2012

They must complete and keep up dated a Register of Interests and declare any interests in matters brought before the Council prior to debate.  Parish councillors’ Registers of Disclosable Pecuniary Interests can be found by clicking the button below:

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The Council has adopted a Disclosable Pecuniary Interest Dispensation Procedure.

DPI Dispensation Procedure

Councillors also have to keep a register of any gifts or hospitality accepted.

Councillor Register of Gifts and Hospitality

Councillors have a responsibility to attend meetings and should advise the Clerk of the reason if unable to for approval by the council. At meetings Councillors should suggest ideas, engage in constructive debate and then vote on business.

Councillors may be appointed to a position of office but they cannot be paid. They may represent the Council in legal proceedings, if appointed, carry out regulatory duties and represent the Council on outside organisations.

The current Councillors are:

WARD  COUNCILLOR  TELEPHONE
 Edstaston
 Jon Murgatroyd (Chair)  01939 234384
 Pete Slack (Vice Chair)  01939 236990
 Liz Vernon   01939 234896
 Ruth Williams  01939 233389
 Newtown  Geoff Glover  01939 233357
 Stella Whyte  01948 710268
 Wem  Peter Broomhall  01939 232573
 Fiona Ford  01939 234358
 Peter Marsh  01939 232498
 Len Staines  01939 234415
 Tim Wilton-Morgan  01939 235703

 

Every Parish Council has a Clerk, often referred to as the Parish Clerk.  The common understanding is that the Clerk organises meetings, takes minutes and send letters.  Over the years as the role and responsibilities of Parish Councils have changed, so has the role and responsibilities of the Clerk.

The Clerk’s overall responsibility is to carry out the policy decisions of the Council.  He is akin to the chief executive of a company, in that he is the person that has overall responsibility for the administration and procedural aspects of the Council. The Clerk is responsible for seeing the business of the Council runs smoothly and efficiently and is conducted in accordance with the law.  Normally, too, he is responsible for ensuring the Council’s financial transactions are properly authorised and recorded.  Most Clerks, as sole Council employees, also have to perform the clerical tasks without which the Council’s business cannot properly be carried out.

So today, the skills of a Clerk have to be wide and professional – not an easy task!

 

Wem Rural Parish Council’s Clerk

The Parish Council appointed Carole Warner as its Clerk on 1 June 2010.  Carole holds the Certificate in Local Council Administration (CiLCA) and on appointment had previous Parish Clerk experience.