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Inisght into the role of councillor
government elections on the horizon, Scarborough Borough Council is
staging a briefing session for anyone interested in becoming a
The elections for the borough council and
39 parish and town councils in the area take place on Thursday 5
The briefing session on Wednesday 9 March
from 2pm until 4.30pm in the Council Chamber at the Town Hall in
Scarborough, will include discussions around the role of a
councillor and the desired skills.
The responsibilities of a council will be
outlined and there will also be the chance for would-be candidates
to quiz current councillors to find out what it is really like to
be an elected member of the council.
The idea behind the briefing is give
potential candidates as much information as possible about the
role, before they decide whether or not they want to stand for
Borough council leader Cllr Tom Fox said:
“Even though being a councillor entails a lot of hard work, it is a
privilege to serve the community.
“I would urge anyone thinking of standing
for election, no matter what their political persuasion or beliefs,
to come along to this session so they can see the type of work a
councillor does and the benefit it can have on the community.”
Borough council chief executive Jim Dillon
added: “This borough is brimming with passionate people who care
greatly about the communities in which they live.
“If people are interested in helping people
and want to make a difference they should not dismiss the idea of
standing for election. If they want to find out more about what
being a councillor involves, they should certainly consider coming
to this session.”
In addition to the briefing session, the
council is also producing a free booklet that will give details of
the role of councillors and what people need to do to stand for
The booklet, called “A Councillor? Who,
me?” will be available in February in libraries, Customer First
centres, and on the council’s website.
To book a place on this training session
people should contact James Pickup by email at James.Pickup@scarborough.gov.uk
or telephone 01723 383503.
People who would like more information on the session should
call Gill Wilkinson at the council on 01723 232303 or email her at