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Duties and
of a Councillor

The Chairman of the Council:

  • Will have an understanding of the role of the Chairman
  • Will take control at meetings and be effective in their management
  • Will allow all attendees equal opportunity to contribute at meetings
  • Will have good listening and communicating skills
  • Will agree agendas and minutes with the City Clerk
  • Will take advice from the City Clerk
  • Will seek out public opinion

The Leader of the Council:

  • Will provide effective leadership and direction for the Council
  • Will provide representation for the Council with external bodies & other organisations
  • Will ensure that the Council manages its’ business within agreed financial limits


  • Will have an understanding of the role of the Parish Council
  • Will be jointly responsible & accountable for decisions made by the Council
  • Will be aware of legislation & policies at national, regional and local level
  • Will observe the code of conduct
  • Will participate and observe the rules of debate
  • Will have a basic understanding of employment law & equalities legislation
  • Will have knowledge of local community needs and priorities
  • Will be aware of the work of the area board
  • Will be aware of the Wiltshire Council Core Strategy
  • Will be aware of planning development control
  • Will aim to build appropriate relationships & interact effectively with Officers