If you are interested in becoming a Councillor it isn't as daunting as it may seem. There is plenty of help and advice available from national organisations and local Councillors that already have been through the experience.

In this post I hope to offer some further help by providing some links to those organisations and provide a 'feel' of what it's like to be a Councillor.

Even at the age of 44, I am one of the younger members of the Town and District Council. I believe we should promote the Councils need for representation from all demographics in our communities. 

During my time as a Councillor I have found it very rewarding to be able to help shape our communities and policies that directly affects the lives of our residents. I have been lucky enough to make some very good friends through the Council and have got to know many of the residents in our community.

I try to actively engage with residents & business owners face to face and via social media on a ongoing business to strenghen the relationship I have with with the local community. 

Recommended Resources 

Be A Councillor

If you’re considering becoming a councillor, you will find everything you need to know to make your decision, here. We explain what councils and councillors do, what you will need to do to take your first steps and all about the role and the support you can expect.

You do not have to be a member of the big three political parties to stand for election, you can be an independent councillor or stand for another party.


Make a change - become a Councillor

Are you passionate about your community? Do you want to help make a long-lasting change? Do you have innovative ideas for the council? Do you have concerns about a specific issue and want to do something about it? If this is you, then we need you. We need people from all backgrounds and experiences who reflect their community to put themselves forward for election. Make a change and become a councillor.

Here, you will find everything you need to know. We explain what local councils and councillors do, how you can become a councillor, details of the role and what to expect, and for local councils a range of resources to help recruit candidates.

Rayleigh Town Council

Rayleigh Town Council has 23 Councillors who represent the residents of Rayleigh.

The Council has a chairman, vice-chair and is run by a committee system

The majority of Council meetings take place on a Monday evening at 7.30pm. Outside of meetings there are some 'working groups' which may take place during the daytime or on other evenings.

Members often express an interest in which committees they wish to take part in and are free to attend any committees even if they are not a member of a particular committee. They may speak as non members but not vote. 

Every Councillor is awarded an 'allowance' which is £125 per month and is taxable.

Generally, the Council is a friendly place and your views will be listened to by others (even if they don't agree!). 

Rochford District Council

Rochford District Council has 36 Councillors across 13 wards in our District. The council has a cabinet system with several committees.

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About the author 

James Newport

Essex County Councillor for Rayleigh North, Rochford District Councillor for Downhall & Rawreth and Rayleigh Town Councillor for Sweyne.

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