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Pateley Bridge Town Council represents the residents of High and Low Bishopside Parish – it extends to Wath and to Brimham Rocks, Wilsill, Glasshouses, Fellbeck.

What is a Parish Council?
A parish council is a local authority that makes decisions on behalf of the people in the parish. It is the level of local government closest to the community, with the district authority (Harrogate Borough Council) and the county authority (North Yorkshire County Council) above it in the hierarchy.

Why become a Parish Councillor?
By becoming a parish councillor you become someone your community will look to for help, guidance and support - a community leader with the power to influence decisions for the benefit of the people you serve.

What decisions do Parish Councils make?
Parish councils have limited powers to make decisions but they do have the ability to negotiate with, and the power to influence, those other organisations that do make the final decisions (such as the district or county council, health authorities, police etc.). In this respect parish councils are extremely powerful. The organisations that make the final decisions know that a parish council gives the best reflection of how a community feels about something and its views will be taken seriously.

How much time does it take up?
The Council meets once a month for the council meeting to which members of the public are also invited. Meetings may last two or three hours, depending on what’s on the list of items to discuss. There are also sub-committees and you might be involved in inspecting the Play Area, raising money for the Mayor’s Fund, looking after the Millennium Green or representing the Council on other organisations within the town.

How long does a Parish Councillor serve for?
Once elected, parish councillors sit on the council for a maximum of four years. If they then want to stay in the post they can stand for re-election.  This does not mean that you have to stay for four years. If you find it’s not for you, or you can no longer meet the commitment, you can stand down.

Am I eligible to be a Parish Councillor?
To be eligible to stand for an election for a particular parish, you must:
be an elector of the parish; or 
in the past 12 months have occupied (as owner or tenant) land or other premises in the parish; or 
work in the parish (as your principal or only place of work); or 
live within three miles of the parish boundary. 
You don’t have to be connected to a political party.

If you do become a parish councillor you will have to sign up to the Code of Conduct.  Training will be given.

Are you interested in becoming a Parish Councillor?
The best way to find out what it’s like to be a parish councillor is to talk to someone who’s doing it now.  Phone numbers for the current councillors are all listed on this website.  You will then be asked to submit a written statement and attend the next council meeting on Tuesday 5th June 2018.