The Parish Council has 15 councillors, 14 Councillors for the Downton Ward and 1 Councillor for the Charlton All Saints Ward. Councillors are elected about every 4 years, usually at a time coinciding with local government elections. The next election will take place in May 2017. In between elections, new councillors are often co-opted. Councillors are entirely unpaid and minimal expenses are paid.
The Parish Council meets on the 2nd and 4th Monday of every month. The Parish Council is supported by specific Committees.
Meetings are held in the Downton Band Hall at 7.30 pm and generally last about two and half hours. The agenda and meeting notices are posted on the Parish Council Noticeboard at the Memorial Hall and at Downton Library.
All meetings are open to the public – everyone is very welcome to attend and raise questions at the Public Question/Statement Time at the start of the meeting. However, if you have any problems which you think the Parish Council can help with, don’t wait for a meeting – please talk to one of the councillors or contact the Clerk.
The Annual Parish Meeting is held in the Memorial Hall ahead of the Parish Council meeting in April. A speaker is usually invited to speak on a subject of current interest to the village.
Chair: Cllr Dave Mace