Current situation – as of May 2020
Following the May Parish Council meeting where a new councillor was co-opted, there are now 8 Councillors in post out of a possible 11. There are still vacancies so if you would like to be a Councillor, read on!
A Parish Councillor needs to be broad based and respond to parishioners’ needs. The Council is not a single issue campaigning organisation, but it can be effective. Being a Councillor does require a commitment, but a term of office is only 4 years and you can make a difference. Over the last year Dartington Parish Councillors have successfully persuaded DCC to reinstate the virtual pavement along Cott Road, have upgraded the Gidley’s Meadow play area with new seats and equipment, have awarded grants to local organisations in the parish (including the Village Hall, St Mary’s Churchyard, the DRA and Meadowbrook), set up a working group to look at planting trees, held regular meetings with Dartington Hall Trust and carried out maintenance on bus shelters and footpaths. The Council also has its own website, produces its quarterly Parish Magazine, Our Dartington, which is delivered by volunteers to every house in the parish, responds to planning applications and is producing a Neighbourhood Plan.
If you have ever thought about being a local councillor, now would be a good time to put those thoughts into action! There is training available and a wealth of information to help you. Have a look at the information about being a Councillor page on this website and contact the Clerk if you are interested or would like more information. Email email@example.com
This is a useful publication which gives an overview: The-Good-Councillors-guide-2018