The Role

The main role of a Parish Councillor is to represent the views of all residents within the Parish and to listen to, and understand, the needs of different groups in the community.

Parish Councils are statutory bodies, have limited power to make decisions but they do have the power to influence those organisations such as district or county councils that do make the final decisions.


Parish Councillors are volunteers who receive no payment for the work they do.

All members of the Council are legally required to complete a declaration of interests form which are published on the website.

Support and Training

Councillors receive training and support provided by bodies such as the National Association of Local Councils and the Local Government Association.

Code of Conduct

Parish Councillors must abide by the Code of Conduct which focuses on the Nolan Principles for public life.


Parish Councillors are elected every four years. Anyone can stand for election who meets the following criteria:

  • Over aged 18
  • British, Commonwealth or European citizen
  • On the electoral roll for the Parish
  • Lived in the Parish, or within 3 miles of it for the previous 12 months
  • Occupied any land or premises in the Parish for 12 months
  • main place of work is within the Parish

Find out more at the Electoral Commission Website.


If insufficient volunteers come forward for election, in order to remain quorate, the Council can co-opt new Councillors.

Interested in being a councillor?

The best way to find out what its like is to talk to someone who is doing it now. Contact the Parish Office to make arrangements.


Need to make a complaint about a Parish Councillor, please write to either of the following:

Executive Clerk – Hartley Wintney Parish Council
Monitoring Officer – Hart District Council