Tracy Hallett, Town Clerk of Brixham Town Council is calling on residents to get involved in the forthcoming local elections.
Tracy Hallett said “Some people may think their opinions don’t count, or that local action won’t make any difference, but that’s not true. The reality is that if you vote – you decide what gets done. It’s an important way of having your say on the issues you care about and in choosing who will take decisions on your behalf. From the right to make representations on planning applications, to the state of footpaths and street lighting, Brixham Town Council has a wide range of ever increasing responsibilities and duties. It makes decisions which affect your everyday life.”
“With principle authorities withdrawing services and assets, Town and Parish Councils will be increasingly useful to communities – an accountable, legally structured organisation which can take on property and help others run services in the local area”.
She continued “Parish and Town Councils are exactly the same; there is no practical or legal distinction between them. A Town Council is a Parish Council that has made a decision to call itself a town. These councils whether large or small are there to represent the wishes of their communities and to provide or support many local services.”
“Brixham Town Council depends on local people taking an interest in what happens in their community, whatever their background and local people standing as councillors can bring a wealth of knowledge and community understanding into the local team.”
“You may have attended the recent meeting held by the Brixham Community Partnership and shown an interest in becoming a councillor. Nomination forms are available now and can be obtained by telephoning and requesting one from Torbay Council elections office or Brixham Town Council”.
If you are interested in becoming a councillor, or know someone who might just need some encouragement now is the time to act, get the forms and send them off. Support your local councillors and remember to vote on Thursday 7th of May.Follow