In practice, it’s rare to have a contested election for the Parish Council and at the last election four years ago, only three candidates came forward.
So, if we want Chillaton to be fully represented on the Parish Council, we need at least four people willing to be parish councillors. What would happen if we got more than four candidates? Having checked we weren’t dreaming, we would see if anyone wanted to stand aside to reduce the number to four. If not, then there would be a contested election.
But, why would anyone want to be a parish councillor unless they had a good idea of what the Parish Council does, or tries to do? Here are some of the issues that the Parish Council’s been involved in over the past four years, that have affected Chillaton.