Make a difference - become a councillor

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If you are passionate about the local area and want to represent your local community, then stand to be a councillor. 

Please find out more information from the following links:


There is currently a councillor vacancy in the Manor South Ward. If you are interested in becoming a councillor, please contact our Town Clerk, Delia Shephard, for an informal chat about what is involved and what the next steps are to stand for election.

Call on 01908 649 469 or email

We look forward to hearing from you!


You can find more information on the following websites:

What makes a good councillor?

  • Commitment
  • Promoting the work of the council
  • Representing views of the community
  • Leadership and team work
  • Balanced decision making
  • Strong listening skills


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Represent the local community and interests of residents

The participation of women and men, as our elected councillors and as our leaders, is an important condition for effective democracy and good governance.

The following information has been sourced from the Local Government Association website, the Be a councillor website and from The Fawcett Society’s report ‘Re-thinking equality for post-crisis times: a focus on gender’.

‘A 2017 report - the result of a year-long study led by Fawcett in partnership with the Local Government Information Unit - asked ‘Does Local Government Work for Women?’. It found that since 1997 women’s representation on Councils has almost flat-lined; at the current rate of progress it will take 48 years to reach equality.’ (Page 5 in the Fawcett Society’s Report May 2020)

‘Research has shown that, as more women move into positions of influence and decision-making, women’s experiences and perspectives are more likely to be taken into account – for example in policy development, planning and resource allocation.’ (Page 5 in the Fawcett Society’s Report May 2020)

This means that overall democracy and decision-making are strengthened when councillors reflect the people they serve and represent.