About the Parish Council
Councillors give their time voluntarily as it is an unpaid role. 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 decision, work alongside other agencies and local government, create a strategy and deliver plans for the benefit of the parish you live in. Our current Councillors are:
Chairman - Councillor Dennis Clark
Planning Committee, Finance Committee, Police Liaison, Resilience Plan
Vice Chairman – Councillor Peter Borlace
Planning Committee Chairman, Finance Committee, Staffing Committee
Councillor Jez Scoles
Finance Committee Chairman, Planning Committee, Allotment Working Party, Recreation Ground Working Party, Resilience Plan Working Party
Councillor Rachel Campbell-Gray
Staffing Committee, Resilience Plan Working Party
Councillor Dugan Aylen
Recreation Ground Working Party Lead, Allotment Working Party
Councillor Sue Smith
Police Liaison, Resilience Plan Working Party
Councillor Gary Nelson
Allotment Working Party Lead, Recreation Ground Working Party
Councillor Hannah Bingley
Councillor Frank Froud
Resilience Plan Working Party
Councillor Keith Morris
Parish Clerk: Caroline Boyden. email@example.com
Cllr Andrew Jamieson
Cllr Sam Sandell
Member of Parliament:
James Wild MP
0207 219 3000
The Role of a Councillor
They are elected to represent the interest of the local community as a whole and promote a harmonious local environment. The number of elected Councillors depends on the size of the area, in Burnham Market we are able to have 11 Councillors. Councillors that are co-opted onto the council serve until the next election date, which is in May 2023.
Local Councils are the first tier of governance and are the first point of contact for anyone concerned with a community issue. They are democratically elected local authorities and exist in England, Wales and Scotland. The term 'Local Council' is synonymous with ' Parish Council, 'Town Council' and 'Community Council'.
Local Councils are made up of locally elected Councillors. They are legally obliged to hold at least four meetings a year. Most meet on a monthly cycle to discuss council business and hear from local residents. District and County Councillors regularly attend parish meetings and report at the Annual Parish meeting. Councillors are expected to attend meetings on a regular basis.
Councillors must abide by a Code of Conduct, a set of rules on how Councillors are expected to behave. They must also declare their financial interests in the parish, details of which are kept by the District Council.