28th January 2017
By Anne North
Prospective Cornwall councillors are being urged to attend a seminar at County Hall, Truro, today (Saturday) to learn more about what they can expect should they be successful at the ballot box.
Candidates will this morning get the chance to meet the council’s chief executive, Kate Kennally, as well as other officials, and the leaders of the various political groups. Some might also be interested in seeking election to their local town or parish councils.
Cornwall has 123 councillors at County Hall, and more than 2,000 town and parish councillors.
Part of the invitation to this morning’s seminar says: “As an elected Councillor your primary role is to represent your electoral division and those who live in it and to act as an advocate for the best interests of those that you serve.
“This may include lobbying on local issues, influencing local service delivery by the Council and partners or helping resolve local conflicts. You are also expected
to encourage and support the local community to work together to develop its own solutions for local community issues and secure resources for the area.
“You will also be expected to represent the Council on local bodies, partnerships and other organisations and provide advice and support to your constituents. You are expected to work closely with your local Parish or Town council and play an active part in the Community Network Panel, which supports local partnership working and helps progress important community issues.”