Volunteer Local Councillors are elected by the community to decide how the council should carry out its various 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 or surgeries. Surgeries provide an opportunity for any ward resident to go and talk their councillor face to face and these take place on a regular basis.
To find out more about your Councillors, which committees they are on and contact details, please click here.
Not sure which Councillors look after your ward, view the list of wards here. Simply look for your street name and find the Councillors responsible for that ward.
Parish councillors are volunteers and are not paid a salary for their work. Some parish councils pay an allowance, but Leighton-Linslade Town Councillors do not receive any allowance other than the very occasional reimbursement of expenses such as mileage. By law, all members of the Council are required to complete a declaration of interest form, the details of which are published annually.
Support and Training
Town Councillors are offered support and training throughout their term of office, both from Town Council officers and from sector bodies such as the National Association of Local Councils and the Local Government Association.
Code of Conduct
All Town Councillors must agree to abide by the Town Council’s Code of Conduct, which focusses on the Nolan Principles for public life. The Code can be viewed here.
If you need to make a complaint about a Town Councillor, please write to:
Town Clerk – Leighton-Linslade Town Council
Monitoring Officer – Central Bedfordshire Council
Town Councillors are elected every four years. The most recent parish council elections took place on 2 May, 2019. You can view the results here:
The parish of Leighton-Linslade is made up of 8 separate ward areas. To find out which ward your street is in, please click here.
Can anyone stand for election as a Town Councillor?
Yes, if you are a British, Commonwealth or European citizen aged 18 or over and meet any one of the following criteria:
- you are on the electoral roll for the parish
- you have lived in the parish, or within 3 miles of it, for the previous 12 months
- you have occupied any land or premises in the parish for the previous 12 months
- your main place of work is within the parish
You can find out more at the Electoral Commission website