The Council is made up of 31 councillors, representing ten wards. Councillors are elected by residents of their ward every four years and take no financial compensation.
Councillors make policy and make important decisions on the Council’s budget and how the Council should be run. They are supported and advised by officers (i.e. staff) who work in the various council departments. The officers then implement the Council’s decisions.
The councillors are there for you. They can help if you are dissatisfied with a Council service by advising or directing you to someone who can help sort out a problem for you. They are the champions for local issues.
As community leaders, they put forward proposals to improve Weston, and even though they are from differing political parties, they work together in the towns best interests.
How to become a council member?
To be a member of the Council you must meet the following criteria:
- be at least 18 years old, and
- be a British citizen, an eligible Commonwealth citizen or a citizen of any other member state of the European Union, and meet at least one of the following four qualifications:
- You are registered as a local government elector for the parish in which you wish to stand from the day of your nomination onwards.
- You have occupied as owner or tenant any land or other premises in the parish during the whole of the 12 months before the day of your nomination and the day of election.
- Your main or only place of work during the 12 months prior to the day of your nomination and the day of election has been in the parish.
- You have lived in the parish or within three miles of it during the whole of the 12 months before the day of your nomination and the day of election.
To stand as an independent council member you need to directly contact the Electoral Office at North Somerset Council.
By post: Electoral Services, North Somerset Council, Town Hall, Walliscote Grove Road, Weston-super-Mare, BS23 1UJ
By email: firstname.lastname@example.org
To stand for any registered political party, you would need to go through the party first as the party has to certify you to the electoral office.