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Question: Are you or have you considered standing for election as a local councillor?  (Voting closed: March 04, 2017, 07:33:29 PM)
Yes, and I became one - 4 (14.3%)
Yes, but I didn't get voted in - 1 (3.6%)
Yes, I considered it but decided not to - 8 (28.6%)
Never considered it - 7 (25%)
Wouldn't want to consider it - 7 (25%)
What's a local councillor? - 1 (3.6%)
Total Voters: 28

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« Reply #15 on: February 27, 2017, 01:25:33 PM »

On a different note, "Beanacre" and "Berryfield" do you live in "The Shire"?  :

Ooh arrr, aye, we does!   Note also Sandridge, Blackmore and Woodrow, Bowerhill and Cow's Lip Mews. 
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« Reply #16 on: February 27, 2017, 06:41:53 PM »

Trustee of a charity is also onerous, but the one public post that's changed and is still not paid ism school governor. You know have to take on lots of financial and legal responsibility.
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« Reply #17 on: June 26, 2017, 12:02:16 PM »

I think it's important for people to get involved in their local community. Whether that is as a trustee, governor, councillor or whatever.

I am an elected member and despite the frustrations of shrinking budgets, really enjoy the role. You meet some incredible people.
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« Reply #18 on: June 26, 2017, 12:30:52 PM »

I think it's important for people to get involved in their local community. Whether that is as a trustee, governor, councillor or whatever.

Welcome to the forum!

I very much agree - but that may be getting involved as "x" OR "y" OR "z" and not as "x" AND "y" AND "Z".

My personal decision is that I don't know enough, or have enough interest or time, to be involved in a wide range of local issues to my own satisfaction, so I choose to do fewer things and try and do them (or attempt to) to a satisfactory level.

I will confess to being very disappointed indeed in some of our new local councillors and on first indications feel that I could have done a better job ... jumping in with 2 feet with limited knowledge; two look like bulls in china shops.  Some of the others seem really rather good.
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« Reply #19 on: June 26, 2017, 12:34:11 PM »

The thing is, you rarely know much about things before getting involved. In my opinion that shouldn't preclude you from standing. Having an interest in a subject / cause / area will help, but I have learnt loads in my time as a councillor (about 8 years now on different authorities).
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« Reply #20 on: June 26, 2017, 01:53:09 PM »

The thing is, you rarely know much about things before getting involved. In my opinion that shouldn't preclude you from standing. Having an interest in a subject / cause / area will help, but I have learnt loads in my time as a councillor (about 8 years now on different authorities).

I would agree with you - great if you have the time, and desire and inclination to learn.   Personally my "spare" time goes on very specific technical stuff in one particular area.   

I admire those who do stand and say "I don't know yet - I'm learning". But frankly, I resent those who don't know but pretend they do  - especially where (two examples I have just seen) they apply that pretence to creating a fuss, getting facts wrong, then head off on 4 weeks holiday (shorter in the other case) leaving a message to say they'll consider replying when they get back.
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