Rob Merrick

Resigned 22nd May 2024

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John Lindsay

Vice Chairman

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Stuart Ingram

Chairman

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Andrew Nicholas

Management of Defibrillator

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Your Councillors

Willington Parish Council comprises of five Councillors who serve a four year term.

Contact information for your Parish Council can be found here

The Council is a corporate body, a legal entity separate from that of its members. Its decisions are the responsibility of the whole body. The Council has been granted powers by Parliament including the important authority to raise money through taxation (the precept) and a range of powers to spend public money.

The Council is an elected body in the first tier of local government. Other tiers, such as Cheshire West and Chester Council, have many legal duties to deliver services such as education, housing, town and country planning, transport, environmental health and social services. The Parish Council has the legal power to take action, but has very few duties and greater freedom to choose what action to take. It plays a vital part in representing the interests of everyone living in the Parish that it serves working to improve the quality of life and the local environment.

A Councillor is elected to represent the interests of the local community as a whole, and to enhance the local environment. A Councillor cannot be a paid employee of the Council. To be eligible to become a Councillor a person must be a British citizen, or a citizen of the Commonwealth or European Union, be at least 21 years old, and either be on the electoral register for the parish, live within three miles of the parish boundary, have their principle place of work within the parish, or occupy a property or land within the Parish (Local Government Act 1972 section 79). Councillors must act within the law and must sign a formal declaration of acceptance of office and a declaration to say that they agree to abide by the Code of Conduct before taking up office. A register of members interests also has to be completed. A Councillor has a responsibility to attend meetings when summoned to do so, prepare for meetings by studying the agenda and other appropriate documentation beforehand, ensure with other Councillors that the Council is properly and legally managed, represent the whole electorate, and maintain a proper standard of behaviour.

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