Local councillors are elected by the community to decide how the council should carry out its activities. They represent public interest as well as individuals living within the ward in which they have been elected to serve a term of office.
They have regular contact with the general public through:
- council meetings
- telephone calls
Surgeries take place on a regular basis. They are an opportunity for any ward resident to go and talk to their councillor face to face.
Councillors are not paid a salary for their work, but they do receive allowances. By law, all members of the council have to complete a declaration of interest form, the details of which are published each year.