Thornbury Town Council currently has the following vacancies:

  • Councillor, South Ward x 2
  • Councillor, North East Ward x 1

If you are over 18 years of age, think you could make a positive contribution to the town and represent the views of local people, you may be interested in joining us.

What is a Town Councillor?

Councillors are elected to represent an individual geographical area on the council, known as a ward or parish. Councillors are generally elected by the public every four years, but there are currently space for co-option due to three former councillors vacating their positions. The position of councillor is unremunerated. Every councillor has to comply with the 7 Principles of Public Life, also known as the Nolan Principles.

What do councillors do?

  1. Decision making – Through meetings and attending committees with other elected members, councillors vote to decide which activities to support, where money should be spent, what services should be delivered and what policies should be implemented.
  2. Monitoring – Councillors make sure that their decisions lead to efficient and effective services by keeping an eye on how well things are working.
  3. Getting involved locally – As local representatives, councillors have responsibilities towards their constituents and local organisations. These responsibilities and duties often depend on what the councillor wants to achieve and how much time is available, and may include:
  • Going to meetings of local organisations
  • Going to meetings of bodies affecting the wider community
  • Taking up issues on behalf of members of the public

Thornbury Town Council is the Sole Trustee of the Armstrong Hall Trust and the Mundy Playing Fields Trust, which means that all Town Councillors are involved in running these Trusts.

How much time does it take up?

Many councillors say that their duties occupy them for about an hour a week. Obviously there are some councillors who spend more time than this – and some less, but in the main, being a Town Councillor is an enjoyable way of contributing to your community and helping to make it a better place to live and work.

Councillors should be able to attend, as a minimum, meetings of the Full Town Council which currently take place on a Tuesday evening, 8 times a year. Councillors are encouraged to join at least one Sub-Committee.

As a councillor representing your community you will help keep it a great place to live and work. You will be supported in your role and will be expected to undertake training. You should be comfortable working electronically, have a positive outlook and will be willing to work as part of a team.

How do I apply?

Please see the Co-option Policy which fully explains the eligibility criteria and the application procedure.

The eligibility form is available here: Thornbury Town Council- Co-option and Eligibility application form for a Councillor

Applications need to be received by midnight on Sunday 22nd May. Applications will be considered at the Annual Meeting of the Town Council at 7.30pm on Tuesday 24th May 2022.

Any nominees should not canvass council members as this could prejudice the outcome of the co-option process and may result in disqualification.

Please contact us if you require any further information.

Email: info@thornburytowncouncil.gov.uk

Phone: 01454 412103