What is the role of a councillor?

A town councillor represents the views of all residents within the town. Their ultimate aim is to improve the quality of life and the environment in the local area by working to identify issues which are important to the lives of the residents, bringing about improvements through local projects, lobbying other service providers and working in partnership with other towns and agencies. Town councillors are unpaid representatives of the electorate.

How much time does it take?

The Full Council usually meets on the first Wednesday of every month with several committees meeting on other Wednesday and Thursday evenings. Meetings usually start at 7pm and normally take no longer than two hours.

Are you eligible?

To be a councillor you must be; a UK, Commonwealth or EU citizen, at least 18 years old; an elector of the town or in the past 12 months occupied land or other premises in the town or worked in the town. Those living within 3 miles of the town boundary are also eligible.

Still interested?

Gainsborough Town Council currently has two vacancies. One is in Gainsborough Town Council North-West Ward. This must be filled by election. To find out more how to stand for election, please follow this link: NOTICE OF ELECTION – Gainsborough Town Council (gainsborough-tc.gov.uk) or contact the elections office at West Lindsey District Council on ereg@west-lindsey.gov.uk.

The other vacancy is in Gainsborough Town Council Trent Ward. This vacancy may be filled by co-option. An application form (in MS word) is available here in PDF format.

You should return it fully completed to the Town Clerk by 31 December 2021 for consideration at the Council’s January meeting. The Town Clerk will also provide you with additional information and answer any questions you may have. You may also find the Good Councillors Guide useful to read before applying.

Contact Belina Boyer on 01427 811573 or email townclerk@gainsborough-tc.gov.uk