Applications sought for one Parish Councillor

Casual vacancy to be filled in pursuance of the Representation of the Peoples Act 1983 s36. (LGA 1972 s89.

12th January 2021

Dear Residents,

The Parish Council currently still has a vacancy for one Parish Councillor.

Should you wish to offer your services as a Parish Councillor, please submit your application either in writing or by e-mail to the Parish Clerk, Alan Macnab, 5, Whitebridge Drive, Darlington DL1 3TY.  Email by FRIDAY 26th FEBRUARY, 2021.

Please could you provide the following:

  1. a) A supporting statement outlining your motivation, skills and experience you can offer the Parish Council, and what time you have available to that role
  2. b) A signed statement declaring that you fulfil the legal requirements (qualifications under the Local Government Act 1972)
  3. c) Your contact details

Some of the skills and qualities that would be useful to the role include problem-solving and analytical skills, assessing objectively, having ideas, commitment, “keeping going” skills, and teamwork skills.  Also useful would be the ability to understand budgets and financial paperwork.

The Parish Council currently has one meeting per month. One of the Key Objectives of the Parish Council is to promote and represent the best interests of the village for the betterment of the local community. The main responsibilities of the role of Parish Councillor is to participate in the collective decision making processes of the Parish Council, to effectively represent the interests of the Parish, and actively and constructively contribute to the good governance of the Council in order to better serve the Parish.

In addition to preparing for, and attending meetings, Parish Councillors also have the opportunity to work on specific issues that are of concern to the community.

If you would like to have a chat with either myself or one of the other Parish Councillors to discuss the role, you can find contact details on the Parish Council website, together with other useful information and documentation:

There will also be training available

The Parish Council will consider applications at the Parish Council meeting (possibly via video conference due to COVID-19) scheduled for 8th March 2021, where a decision will be made.

We look forward to hearing from you. Thank you.


Cllr Catherine Gilsenan