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Councillors

Clerk To The Parish Council

Jo Murray 
Community Office, 
The Pavilion, Church Road, Little Marlow, Bucks. SL7 3RS
Tel: 01628 890301

Email:  clerk@littlemarlowparishcouncil.org.uk

Role of a Councillor

A councillor is a member of the council and is normally elected for a term of four years.

People of any political or religious persuasion are eligible to become a councillor, although their personal views should not extend into their parish council work.

They are elected to represent the interests of the local community as a whole and promote a harmonious local environment. The number of elected councillors depends on the size of the area.

Local councils are the first tier of governance and are the first point of contact for anyone concerned with a community issue. They are democratically elected local authorities and exist in England, Wales and Scotland. The term 'local council' is synonymous with 'parish council', 'town council' and 'community council'.

Local councils are made up of locally elected councillors. They are legally obliged to hold at least one meeting a year. Most meet on a six-weekly cycle to discuss council business and hear from local residents. In addition to this, any committees or sub-committees dealing with specific subjects must also hold regular open sessions, at which members of the public can speak. Borough councillors regularly attend parish meetings to report back to the district on developments at parish level. County, unitary and metropolitan councillors are also invited to attend parish meetings when the parish council feels it is appropriate, and they have a standing invitation to attend and report at the annual assembly.

What is a Parish councillor?

Parish Councils are the first tier of local Government. Parish Councillors are elected to represent the interests of their local residents and to look after their well-being. They are generally elected by the local residents every four years.

What do Parish Councillors do?

Parish Councillors have three main components to their work.

1. Decision making - Through attending Parish Council meetings and committees with other elected members, Councillors decide how the Council should deliver its services, what its policies should be, how the budget should be spent, how the Council’s assets and facilities should be used and maintained and how to respond to local planning applications. Little Marlow Parish Council is responsible for a number of facilities including the Pavilion and Recreation Ground in Little Marlow Village, Abbotsbrook Hall, the allotments on Chapman Lane, Fern Lane Cemetery and the car park on Coldmoorholm Lane.

2. Monitoring - Councillors make sure that their decisions lead to efficient and effective services by keeping an eye on how well things are working and on how funds are being spent.

3. Getting involved locally - As local representatives, Councillors have responsibilities towards their constituents and local organisations. These responsibilities and duties may include:

  • Representing the Council at meetings of local organisations
  • Representing the Council at meetings of bodies affecting the wider community
  • Taking up issues on behalf of their residents
  • Keeping an ear to the ground and taking a close interest in what is happening in the local community

How much time does it take up?

On average Councillors spend two - three hours a week on Council work depending on whether there are any Council or outside meetings that week, what, if any, specific responsibilities they take on and what is going on in the local community and more widely. Obviously, there are some councillors who spend more time than this - and some less. Little Marlow Parish Council meets every 6 weeks on a Tuesday evening. The meetings are usually about two hours long and involve a few hours preparation work beforehand.

Being a Parish Councillor is an enjoyable way of serving your community, and helping to make it a better place to live and work. Councillors are supported in their role and will be expected to undertake training. They should be comfortable working electronically. They should have a positive outlook and a can-do attitude and be willing to work as part of a team.

 

In October 2020, Anna Crabtree was co-opted on to the Parish Council to fill the vacancy left by Anthea Falk’s resignation after four years as a Parish Councillor.


Anna moved to the area in 2016 and has been heavily involved in Little Marlow CE School since her children first joined in 2017, initially through the PTA and more recently as a school governor.


By training, Anna is a chartered accountant and has plenty of experience of committees. She is currently an independent member of Council at Bucks New Uni and sits on the Resource Committee there, so naturally Anna has also been drafted onto the Budget Committee for the parish. In her spare time, Anna enjoys gardening, baking for her children and playing the piano. 2020 has been the year she discovered how to identify more species of wild birds and, unfortunately, that she cannot bake sourdough.


In 2021, Anna is looking forward to working with other councillors and local residents to protect and improve our area for generations to come. When asked why she chose to become a Councillor, Anna said, "I decided to put my name forward as a Parish Councillor because I care about our area and what happens to it. I also believe it's important that the Council represents the people who live here as fully as possible. We should be approachable and ready to listen to the opinions of locals, so we can act with those views in mind. Since joining in October, I've been impressed by how many local facilities the Parish Council is responsible for, including Abbotsbrook Hall, the Little Marlow playground and the Chapman Lane allotments. The community is really lucky to have so many amenities available and it's a privilege to be able to help manage them for the benefit of residents. If anyone is interested in what's going on in the Parish, I'd encourage them to think about joining the Council. I've found it to be a very welcoming group of individuals”.

Please follow the link below to be introduced to the full list of council members:

http://www.littlemarlowparishcouncil.org.uk/community/little-marlow-parish-council-13433/councillors/

Committee Members & Representatives on Outside Bodies

Committees & Outside Bodies 2021/2022 File Uploaded: 24 May 2021 26.3 KB

More information about each member including their Declaration of Interests can be found on the Biographies page. 

Chairman of the Parish Council: 
Valerie Brownridge 
Tel: 01628 523367 Email: valeriebrownridge@littlemarlowparishcouncil.org.uk

Vice Chairman of the Parish Council:
Geoff Fitchew
Tel: 01628 523107 Email: geofffitchew@littlemarlowparishcouncil.org.uk

Members

Kathryn Acres 
Tel: 01628 531521Email: kathrynacres@littlemarlowparishcouncil.org.uk

Anna Crabtree 
Tel: 07968 840402 Email: annacrabtree@littlemarlowparishcouncil.org.uk

Jason Downes
Tel: 01628 477189 Email: jasondownes@littlemarlowparishcouncil.org.uk

Philip Emmett
Tel: 07939 142480 Email: philipemmett@littlemarlowparishcouncil.org.uk

Richard Mash
Tel: 01628 485552 Email: richardmash@littlemarlowparishcouncil.org.uk

Vivien Morton (Mrs)
Tel: 01628 486680 Email: vivienmorton@littlemarlowparishcouncil.org.uk

BUCKINGHAMSHIRE COUNCILLORS

David Watson
Tel: 01628 810761

David.Watson@buckinghamshire.gov.uk

David Johncock
Tel: 01628 521495 

David.Johncock@buckinghamshire.gov.uk

Jocelyn Towns
Tel: 07715 547251

Jocelyn.Towns@buckinghamshire.gov.uk