FAQ’s

There are over 8,700 Parish and Town Councils representing around 16 million people across England.They form the most local level of government and has overall responsibility for the well-being of the local community. Its work falls into three main categories: representing the local community; delivering services to meet local needs; striving to improve the quality of life in the parish.

Councillors have three main areas of work:

  1. Decision-making: through attending meetings and committees, councillors 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 parishioners and local organisations.

Elections are held every four years. At this time all Councillors must stand down. There are 15 seats in Stanway and there is only an election if more than 15 people choose to stand; if it is 15 or less then those candidates are automatically elected and no formal election takes place. During the four year term, there may be occasions when Councillors decide to step down. In this instance, the Parish Council will advertise for local residents to come forward for co-option onto the Parish Council. For further information about being a Parish Councillor please visit the Be a Councillor website. To find out if there are any current vacancies, or to express your interest in becoming a Parish Councillor, please contact the Parish Clerk at stanwayparish@btconnect.com or call 01206 542221.

It is a legal requirement for agendas to be published at least 3 clear days prior to a meeting. This excludes Sundays and public holidays. There is also a legal requirement to give public notices of all meetings. Agendas are posted on our noticeboards and on this website.

Meetings can onlylegally take place if a certain number of councillors are present. For Full Council meetings there must be at least five councilors present; numbers for our Committees are detailed in the relevant Terms of Reference, but must be at least 3. If the meeting becomes inquorate for some reason then no business may be transacted and the meeting must be immediately adjourned.

We have policies in place that deal with both general complaints about the Council and the Councillors themselves. In the first instance any complaint should be sent in writing to the Parish Clerk.

You need to be on the electoral register to vote. To find out more information about the register in Colchester and whether you are on it, please visit Colchester Borough Council’s Voters webpage.