Could you stand as a Parish Councillor?

Do you want to make a difference for our community? If you would like to know what it is like to stand as a Parish Councillor, we’d love to hear from you.

This year, Bishopstoke Parish Council will have elections for all of its 15 councillors (5 wards with 3 councillors each) on 6th May. If passionate, local people chose to stand, the better our community will become.

Parish Councils are becoming increasingly important to communities as they take on more responsibilities. Bishopstoke Parish Council manages our village’s cemetery, most of the play areas, allotments and a number of open spaces including Glebe Meadow and the closed graveyard at the former St Mary’s site. It is also responsible for the Memorial Hall, home of the Bishopstoke Players and many other community hirers. There are funds available to redevelop this hall.

Bishopstoke Parish Council gave shopping vouchers to primary school children’s families in receipt of free school meals to help out at Christmas. The Parish Council gives out many community grants through the year. Activities supported include Bishopstoke’s carnival and litter picking. There’s a travel tokens scheme to help local residents with mobility challenges.

Although the Parish Council does not determine planning decisions, it takes its responsibility as a consultee for planning decisions very seriously.

Please get in touch via bishopstokeindependent@gmail.com if you’d like to find out more about what’s involved with becoming a parish councillor.