What is a Parish Councillor?

Most people’s impression of what a councillor does is that they just attend council meetings and nothing could be further from the truth. The duties and pleasure, of being a local councillor are many and varied, however it is the ordinary day to day contact with local people in their own community that is the most important part of being a councillor.

A Parish or Town Councillor signs a Declaration of Acceptance of Office and thereby undertakes to observe an ethical Code of Conduct when dealing with matters on behalf of the community. A councillor also completes a register of interests.

Listening: One of the most important tasks of a Parish Councillor is listening to and understanding the views of people in their community. Many public bodies or organisations acknowledge this is the hardest information for them to capture and they in turn use the skills and local knowledge of the parish council for advice to assist and inform their services.

Meetings: A councillor agrees to attend all meetings (reasonably possible) that he or she is summoned to. In a smaller council this may only require one meeting of full council a month. In medium and larger councils however, along with full council meetings, there are further committee meetings or working groups. Most meetings are held in the evening but some committees and group representation may be during the day. Some of these committees may include planning, finance and staffing, properties or policy. Where committees are used however the council usually consists of a larger number of councillors and therefore each councillor is only expected to serve on one or two committees.

Representation: Parish Councils also need representation at other local government meetings or on local bodies/organisations and councillors may be asked to serve on certain groups or attend functions on behalf of the parish council. Councillors act as ambassadors for their community keeping everyone aware of local needs and concerns and reporting back on District/Unitary, County and regional changes.
Councillors represent the voice of their community as a whole, whilst being aware of and considerate to, specific minority needs.
Ceremonial Duties: In some larger councils there will be times when councillors are asked to attend civic functions as part of their duty to the community. This may entail Remembrance Parades, civic dinners or attendance at public functions to name but a few.

Extra skills: Through all of these functions councillors will draw on their own skills and experiences and it is the sharing of these skills that makes a strong team. Parish Councils provide a focus for the community to identify concerns and projects and endeavour to solve them locally themselves. Councillors working as a team will need to deal with employment issues, budgeting, asset management, staff management, project management or grant funding and probably lots more if they are creative and involved. All councils must be aware and owe a duty to their community to manage staff considerately, whether it is employing one parish clerk or a whole host of office and grounds’ maintenance staff. Accounts must be kept and whilst the clerk (or Responsible Financial Officer) will be employed to carry out this duty, councillors together as a team are responsible for the financial decisions made and implemented. A clerk is employed to advise and seek advice on behalf of councillors to assist them in their decisions. Councillors are there to consider the information gathered and make a group decision on all matters. No individual councillor is responsible for any single decision. This is democracy at its best.

Responsibility: All councillors are expected to abide by the Parish Council’s Code of Conduct. Each local council must adopt and publicise a Code of Conduct that is in line with the Nolan principles. The Code deals with councillors obligations about their conduct, including the registration and disclosure of their interests.

For more information on Code of Conduct click here.

To see Register of Interests for Checkley Parish Councillors – click here.

Cllr Stephanie Akerman

TEAN WARD

ADDRESS:  9 Aintree Road, Upper Tean, Staffs, ST10 4EU

TELEPHONE:  07895 168323

EMAIL:  stephaniebuckley1@sky.com

CHAIR: 2019/2020

VICE CHAIR:  2018/2019

COMMITTEES:

Lengthsman Coordinator – Tean

Great Wood Hall Working Group

Great Wood Hall Management Committee

Events Committee

Youth Committee

Road Safety & Highways Working Group

Neighbourhood Development Plan

Cllr Stephen Bell

TEAN WARD

ADDRESS: 28 Riverside Road, Upper Tean, Staffordshire Moorlands, ST10 4EE

TELEPHONE: 07895 098285

EMAIL: stephenbell56@hotmail.com

COMMITTEES:

Great Wood Hall Management Committee

Neighbourhood Development Plan Steering Group

Planning Coordinator

Footpaths Committee

Upper Tean Residents Association (Chairman)

Cllr Steve Buckley

TEAN WARD

ADDRESS: 20 Riverside Road, Upper Tean, Stoke on Trent, ST10 4EE

TELEPHONE: 01538 724617

EMAIL: Steve.bucko@tiscali.co.uk

COMMITTEES:

Internal Monthly Auditor

SMDC Parish Assembly

Planning Coordinator

 

 

Cllr Keith Flunder

TEAN WARD

ADDRESS:  Fole Spring Farm, Fole, Uttoxeter, Staffs ST14 5EF

TELEPHONE:  07836 526834

EMAIL:  keith@laserhire.co.uk

CHAIR:  2015/2016

COMMITTEES:

Neighbourhood Development Plan (Chairman)

Sports Committee

Youth Committee

Great Wood Hall Working Group

Checkley Community Centre Committee

Non Parish – 2019/20 Chairman of Staffordshire Moorlands District Council

Cllr Alan Hulme

HOLLINGTON WARD

ADDRESS:  Meadowside, Overton Farm, Hollington, Stoke on Trent, ST10 4HW

TELEPHONE:  01889 507349

EMAIL:  hulmealan9@gmail.com

CHAIR:  2016/2017

VICE CHAIR:  2015/2016, 2014/2015

COMMITTEES:

Events Committee (Chairman)

Hollington Village Hall Committee

Staffordshire Moorlands District Councillor

Cllr Paul McCormack

TEAN WARD

ADDRESS: Lightwood Farm, Ashbourne Road, Cheadle, Staffordshire, ST10 1SJ

TELEPHONE: 07967 522463

EMAIL:  Paul@saplingassociates.co.uk

COMMITTEES:

 

Cllr Colin Pearce

TEAN WARD

ADDRESS: Gorsty Hall Farm, Upper Tean, Stoke-on-Trent, ST10 4EL

TELEPHONE:  01538 722369

EMAIL: candcpearce@yahoo.co.uk

CHAIR:  2018/2019

VICE CHAIR:  2016/2017, 2017/2018

COMMITTEES:

Great Wood Hall Working Group

Police Coordinator

Staffordshire Parish Council Association

Road Safety and Highways Working Group

Neighbourhood Development Plan Steering Group

Events Working Group

Cllr Sandra Peck

HOLLINGTON WARD

ADDRESS: The Cottage Peck, Common End, Main Road, Hollington, Staffordshire, ST10 4HS

TELEPHONE: 07971 544963

EMAIL: Sandra.peck@btinternet.com

COMMITTEES:

Neighbourhood Development Plan

Great Wood Hall Management Committee

Hollington Defibrillator Coordinator

Hollington Residents Group

Cllr Bryan Stubbs

TEAN WARD

ADDRESS: 3 Hall Meadow, Upper Tean, Stoke on Trent, ST10 4ED 

TELEPHONE:  07706 666566

EMAIL: Bryanstubbs1948@hotamil.com

VICE CHAIR: 2019/2020

COMMITTEES:

Lengthsman Coordinator – Hollington & Checkley

Great Wood Hall Working Group

Checkley Community Centre Committee

SMDC Parish Assembley

Road Safety and Highways Working Group

Events Working Group

 

Cllr Pete Wilkinson

HOLLINGTON WARD

ADDRESS: 1 Bank Cottages,Quarry Bank, Hollington, S-O-T, Staffs ST10 4HQ

TELEPHONE: 07779 264277

EMAIL: peter@logcabin.co.uk

CHAIR:  2017/2018

COMMITTEES:

Hollington Village Hall Committee

Footpaths Committee

Lafarge Tarmac Liaison Committee

Road Safety and Highways Working Group

Planning Coordinator

Staffordshire Moorlands District Councillor

Cllr David Trigger

TEAN WARD (CO-OPTED MAY 2019)

ADDRESS:

TELEPHONE:

EMAIL: dtrigger@btinternet.com

CHAIR:

COMMITTEES:

Great Wood Hall Working Group

Road Safety and Highways Working Group

Chairs and Vice-Chairs

Checkley Parish Council nominate a new Chair and Vice-Chair every May. This gives Councillors the opportunity to drive council projects and encourages fresh ideas and forward thinking.

2019/2020 (current)

Chair: Cllr Steph Akerman Vice: Cllr Bryan Stubbs

 

2016/2017

Chair: Cllr Alan Hulme Vice: Cllr Colin Pearce

2014/2015

Chair: Cllr David Ball Vice: Cllr Hulme

2017/2018

Chair: Cllr Pete Wilkinson Vice: Cllr Colin Pearce


2015/2016

Chair: Cllr Keith Flunder Vice: Cllr Alan Hulme

Other Councillors

Quite a few Parish Councillors wear several council hats by being on the District Council and County Council, but not necessarily for the ward they are a Parish Councillor in.

Below is a list of our local Councillors for the ward that Checkley Parish sits under.

Staffordshire Moorlands District Councillors (Checkley Ward):
Cllr Mark Deaville

Cllr Pete Wilkinson

Cllr Alan Hulme

Staffordshire County Councillor (Staffordshire Moorlands Cheadle Ward)

Cllr Mark Deaville

You can report a fault to Staffordshire County Council online via their online portal.

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