Become a Councillor

Everyone has their own reason for choosing to live in West Hill. It is a special community with so much to offer. However, there is always room for improvement and you can play an essential role in making change happen and in shaping the future of West Hill by becoming a Parish Councillor.

West Hill Parish Council currently has one vacancy. This is a familiar situation for Parish Councils, not just West Hill. But we know there is a huge pool of talent amongst West Hill residents that could be harnessed for the benefit of the community. We appeal to residents aged 18+ from all backgrounds and abilities to join the Council. You don’t need previous experience as you will be offered training. Everyone brings different skills. The important thing is a desire to work together for the benefit of our residents, local groups and businesses.

On the Whats On In West Hill Facebook site there are numerous examples of where residents have come up with ideas as to how things can be done differently and better. Now is the chance for you to join the Parish Council and make it happen.

A Parish Council is a local authority that makes decisions on behalf of the people in the parish and has an overall responsibility for the well-being of its local community.  It is the level of government closest to the community, with the District Authority above it in the hierarchy. As it is the Authority closest to the people, Parish Councils are invariably the first place people will go with concerns or ideas.  For this reason they are a vital part of any community. Its work falls into three main categories:

  • representing the local community
  • delivering services to meet local needs
  • striving to improve quality of life in the parish

By becoming a Parish Councillor you become part of a team that the community will look to for help, guidance and support. As a Councillor you will have the power to influence decisions for the benefit of the people you serve. Seeing your community change for the better, as a result of decisions you have helped make, is something that can give you a sense of achievement and pride.

Your concerns may be very diverse - concern over future planning applications, climate change and environmental issues, youth facilities locally, etc. Whatever, please consider putting yourself forward to be co-opted onto the Parish Council – there is one vacancy. If you are interested then please contact the Parish Clerk for further details.

In recent times, the Council has been upgrading the Village Play Park it manages, has engaged with the community regarding contentious planning applications and the developing East Devon District Council draft Local Plan and has encouraged and helped coordinate village events and provided funding. The Council currently is bringing to fruition the provision of a new access path to the Village Hall from West Hill Road. Please put yourself forward to make things happen.

Clerk: Anne Oliver 01404 232100 or 07450 388198