A councillor is a non-paid role and is elected by the people they represent- you! To be eligible, they must live, work or be registered to vote in the area that they represent. They have two main roles:
- To be a point of contact for residents who are reporting an issue that requires council employees to take action, for example smashed glass on a pavement or broken street lights. Your councillor should then make sure that the correct council department is informed of this, and chases them up if it isn’t rectified swiftly.
- To speak on behalf of local residents at various meetings on matters such as X & Y. These meetings range from policy and strategy right up to full council meetings
Just by voting, you will have done something that will improve your life and make your community a better place to live. Quite often, local elections have a low voter turnout and the winner then does very little during their 4 year term. In May 2021, some wards had a winning margin of just NINE votes, so it really is the case that every vote matters.