You should consider becoming a Parish Councillor if:

  • You Want To Do Something Positive for the Community
  • You Want To Spend Your Time Productively
  • You Can Think, Listen and Act Locally, in the best interests of the Parish of Boughton
  • You Want to Give Something Back to Your Community

The Role

Parish Councillors are elected by the public at an election, normally held on the first Thursday in May every four years. The next election will be on the 5th May 2016. Being a Parish Councillor is an unpaid position although allowances to cover costs are sometimes available. Your term of office is 4 years.

Boughton Parish Council does lots of good things for the community:

  • Pays for the mowing and greenworks in and around the village
  • Comments on all planning applications relating to the village, making sure that all development is appropriate and in keeping with the village
  • Appoints a Parish Paths Warden to keep an eye on all the footpaths and other rights of way around the village
  • Appoints a Highways Representative to monitor the condition of the highway in and around Boughton and report any defects to Northamptonshire Highways
  • Pays for all the street lighting in the village
  • Appoints a Tree Warden to keep an eye on trees with preservation orders and any other trees in public spaces
  • Organises public meetings and represents the public regarding significant developments, such as Buckton Fields

These are just some of the things that Boughton Parish Council gets involved with. Do you have a particular project in mind? Join the council and try to make it happen!

Effort Required

TIME – It is possible to spend a lot of time on parish council work – but most people have jobs, families and hobbies that also demand a lot of time. However, as with most things, the more you put in, the more you (and the village) will get out. Expect to spend 10 to 12 hours per month initially on average, with a greater proportion of those hours occurring just before and just after a meeting.

Boughton Parish Council normally meets in the evening on the second Monday of every month. There are nine full council meetings a year (with the exception of February, August and December) It is IMPORTANT to know the pattern of meetings to make sure they can accommodate your domestic and/or business arrangements. Occasionally the council meets in between the meetings of the full Parish Council.

COST - Being a councillor should cost you little. There is usually cover for subsistence and travel allowances if your duties take you out of the village. These allowances will be determined by the Parish Council, and will be within a maximum laid down by the Government.

Nomination Process

A prospective candidate must deliver in person to the Returning Officer for the election (or their deputies) a valid nomination paper. You can get a nomination pack from the Parish Clerk or from the elections team at Daventry District Council. Please see contact details below.

Your surname, forename(s), residence and description (if required) must be entered as well as your electoral roll number from the current register of electors. The elections team at Daventry District Council has a copy of this register, as does the Parish Clerk. The nomination paper must also contain similar particulars of a proposer and a seconder who must be electors in the parish of Boughton: they must sign the nomination paper.

Election Timetable

Elections usually coincide with the election year of Daventry District Council and are therefore held on the same day. For 2016 the Parish Council election also coincides with Daventry District Council Elections and the Police & Crime Commissioner Elections.

If you decide to stand for election to the Parish Council you must submit your nomination in person to Election Officers at Daventry District Council by 4:00 pm on Thursday 7th April 2016. It is an absolute deadline (4:01 is no good!). Preparing your nomination papers can take several days to get all the details together and you should deliver your papers personally by hand to Daventry District Council who will be operating an appointment system to receive nominations. Your papers will be checked for you and their validity confirmed.

Polling Day itself is Thursday 5th May 2016

Eligibility and Requirements

Initially, you may have little knowledge of Parish Council work but this will come, along with experience and confidence.

As a new Councillor you will bring to the Parish Council fresh enthusiasm and new ideas, a care for your community and a willingness to learn.

You are qualified to be a councillor if, when nominated you are:-

  • a British subject or Irish citizen,
  • 18 years of age, and
  • either in the list of electors for the parish or have during the whole of the preceding twelve months:-
  • occupied land as owner or tenant in it, or
  • had a principal place of work there, or
  • resided in or within three miles of it

What Next?

If you are considering becoming a candidate for election you are very strongly recommended to contact the elections team at Daventry District Council to obtain information on what you need to do to be nominated. Daventry District Council produces guidance on Election Procedures and it is imperative that these are followed or you may find you have disqualified yourself from candidacy. Daventry District Council is holding a briefing session for present and potential candidates to attend so that they are aware of the procedures for completing nomination papers etc. on 29th March 2016 at 5.00 p.m.

Further details and contact information is also available from the Parish Clerk:

Mrs Jayne Bunting
Clerk to the Council
6 Horseshoe Close
T: 01604 882527
Daventry District Council
Electoral Services
Lodge Road
NN11 4FP
T: 01327 871100

Information is also available from the Electoral Commission website: elections-in-england-and-wales

You can also contact any of the current Parish Councillors to ask what it is like to be a Councillor and how Boughton Parish Council works.