Becoming a Councillor
Duties of a Councillor
The main role of Councillors is to represent their Ward and the people living in it. Councillors are the bridge between the community and the Council.
Councillors need to:
- Keep informed about the needs of their area
- Represent their community on Waveney District Council and other bodies
- Be accessible to the people in their area and be available by telephone/email to respond to queries
- Play a leading role in their area and keep in contact with local groups, societies and Parish/Town Councils
- Keep the people in their area informed about their work.
Councillors also participate in the political management of the Council. All 48 Councillors agree the budget and the Council's policy framework. Additionally Councillors may be asked to serve as members of committees, sub-committees, panels or the Cabinet.
Most meetings of the Council are open to the public and you are welcome to attend if you would like to see how the Council's democratic processes operate. Occassionally the public and press will need to be excluded from a meeting where confidential/exempt information is being considered.