Councillors and committees
Local Councillors are elected by the community to decide how the council should carry out its various activities. They represent public interest as well as individuals living within the ward in which he or she has been elected to serve a term of office.
The Chorley council constitution sets out basic rules and principles which describe how the council operates, how decisions are taken, and the procedures which ensure that decisions are efficient, transparent and accountable to local people.
A parish or town council is an elected body made up of local people representing the interests of their community. The general rule is that parish and town councils are based on an area that reflects community identity and interests.
You can stand as a candidate in 3 different types of elections: local elections, UK parliamentary elections (general elections) , Police and Crime Commissioner elections. Most candidates are nominated through a political party. However, individuals are welcome to stand in their own right.
Lots of different types of decisions are made by councillors. These include strategic decisions, such as the corporate strategy and setting Council Tax, but decisions are also taken regarding certain planning applications and licensing matters.
Councillors who are not members of the Executive act as watchdogs examining Executive decisions and policies, and the overall performance of the council. These 'non-executive' members of the council make recommendations to the Executive about improvements for residents; this is known as 'overview and scrutiny'.
There is procedure for when a complaint is received that a member, co-opted member or parish member has or may have failed to comply with the relevant Code of Conduct for Members within the Council's Constitution.