The Parish Council has seats for 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 2021. In between elections, new councillors are often co-opted. Councillors have a legally defined role with responsibilities and are entirely unpaid with only minimal expenses are paid.
As of April 2020 the council has several vacancies and so if you wish to become a Councillor, have a look at our Facebook recruitment presentation and then if you would like to explore this further please contact us via the Contact Form.
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 Bonvalot Rooom of the Downton Memorial Centre, The Borough, SP5 3NB at 7.30 pm and generally last about two hours. The agenda and meeting notices are posted on the Parish Council Noticeboard at the Memorial Hall.
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 in April. A speaker is usually invited to speak on a subject of current interest to the village.
Chair: As of April 2020 there is no permanently elected chairman, Councillors fulfill the role monthly in a rota.
Meeting Dates: 2020-21