Your Town Councillors are here to help and to represent you. Find out what they do by reading the agendas and minutes and how you can have your say in local matters. If we aren’t the correct authority to deal with your query, we will happily point you in the right direction, and represent you if necessary.
Brading Town Council was formed in 1895 and comprises of 8 Town Councillors.
What do Brading Town Councillors do?This often depends on what the councillor wants to achieve and how much time is available. But Councillors have three main areas of work:
1 Decision-making: through attending meetings and committees with other elected members. Councillors engage with the community to identify priorities and then decide which activities to support, where money should be spent, what services should be delivered and what policies should be implemented.
2 Monitoring: councillors make sure that their decisions lead to efficient and effective services by keeping an eye on how well things are working.
3 Getting involved locally: as local representatives councillors have responsibilities towards their constituents and local organisations and will endeavour to get involved in and take up local issues.
How do they make decisions? Your local councillors meet regularly to make decisions on the work and direction of the council. As elected bodies local councils are responsible to the people they represent – that’s you! Attending a council meeting is the best way to find out what they do. Give the council a call on 401770 and find out when its next meeting is scheduled to take place.
Where do they get their money from? Each year a sum of money called a ‘precept’ is collected through your council tax. This money is invested back into your local neighbourhood by the council to improve facilities and services for you and your neighbours. The council can also apply for grants and loans and, if they own property or allotments, can receive money from rents.
How are councillors elected? Local councillors are elected to represent a geographical area known as a ward or in smaller councils like Brading, the town as a whole. They are elected by people who live in the area.
Could I become a Councillor? As a Councillor you can become a voice for your community and help to effect real change. Councillors are community leaders and represent the aspirations of the public that they serve. Parish and Town Councillors are the most local part of our democratic system and as such are closest to the public. If you want to find out more contact the Town Clerk on 01983 401770 or email Townclerk@brading.gov.uk