Who are our councillors?
There are over 20,000 local councillors in England. Councillors are elected to serve the communities where they live and work. The role offers the chance to make a huge difference to the quality of life for people in your area. Being an effective councillor requires commitment and hard work, and is enormously rewarding as you play a part in:
- representing the area for which you are elected
- decision-making - reviewing and developing council policy
- making sure that decisions made are the right ones, and are in the best interests of the people you represent
- helping your council to spend taxpayers' money wisely, make sure the views of residents are taken into account, and to provide effective leadership
In North Norfolk, there are hundreds of dedicated parish councillors. At District Council level, 40 councillors represent 34 'wards', comprising the residents of our 122 parishes and their parish councils.
I knew from my time as a Parish Chair that we needed to be more effective when working with the District Council, and I thought that becoming a District Councillor would allow me to have more influence on decisions that are really important to the community, such as planning.
- Victoria (District Councillor)
How can I get involved?
The next set of elections for North Norfolk District Council take place in May 2023. North Norfolk Conservatives are actively looking for people like you - who can bring your skills and experience, along with a sense of passion and enthusiasm for your local area and everyone who lives there - to help make sure the council is run well and begins to achieve good things for everyone who lives and works in the district.
Perhaps you're a parish councillor, actively involved in local politics already, and thinking about taking the next step? Or perhaps you've never thought about being a councillor before, but have ideas about how to improve the quality of life in your area?
Party politics matters far less at the local level than a determination to help other people, a willingness to speak up for those whose voices sometimes don't get heard, and to make a real difference.
Being a councillor involves a lot of listening - and it's a great way to meet new people, and to be actively involved in making important decisions that will directly affect the people around you.
I’m lucky enough to live in a most beautiful area, and it’s lively - and because I have a lovely life, I just wanted to give something back. I think it’s an important role… to really help and make a difference in the community.
- Jane (Parish Councillor)
How do I find out more?
If you'd like to find out more about what's involved and how to apply, please contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org. Please don't be afraid to take the first step - our team are very happy to talk with you informally and to help you decide whether this is right for you. The Local Government Association also has a wealth of information for prospective councillors here.
Why not take the first step towards being a councillor today, and get involved with a fantastic group of people who enjoy serving their local communities right across North Norfolk?
I’m always happy to help the local community, and I’m always happy when I’ve got a result for my local constituents.
- Michael (County Councillor)