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Witton & Ridlington Parish Councillors

North Norfolk District Council has taken over the running of the Parish Council as there were no local candidates for the seven seats available.  The District Councillors appointed to the Parish Council are:
Clive Stockton (Chairman) - 01692 650004
Richard Barker (Vice Chairman) -
Rebecca Barringer - 07769 733489
Stirling Byford -
Gillian Owles - 01692 650223
Amanda Sands -
Jane Simpson -

Parish Clerk
Denise Revell

North Norfolk District Council
Dr Clive Stockton - 01692 650004 -

Norfolk County Council
Ms Lucy Shires -

The Role of a Councillor
A councillor is a member of the council and is normally elected for a term of four years.  People of any political or religious persuasion are eligible to become a councillor, although their personal views should not extend into their parish council work. A councillor is an unpaid voluntary role and they do not receive personally any payment.  They may on occasion be reimbursed for payments made.
They are elected to represent the interests of the local community as a whole and promote the local environment. The number of elected councillors depends on the size of the area. In Witton & Ridlington we are able to have 7 councillors.
Local councils are the first tier of governance and are the first point of contact for anyone concerned with a community issue. They are democratically elected local authorities and exist in England, Wales and Scotland. The term ‘local council’ is synonymous with ‘parish council’, ‘town council’ and ‘community council’.

The Role of the Clerk
The Clerk is the Council's appointed administrative officer and often also undertakes the role of Proper Officer (signing legal documents) and Responsible Financial Officer (responsible for the overall management of the Council's finances).  The primary function of the Clerk is to ensure that the Council operates legally, and to carry out the decisions of the Council.  This is not simply a clerical role, but carries a great deal of responsibility and requirement for knowledge of law and procedures surrounding local councils.  The Clerk is an employee of the Council and often holds the recognised professional qualification, Certificate in Local Council Administration.
The Clerk at Witton and Ridlington Parish Council is employed for 2.5 hours per week.  The best way to contact the Clerk is by email (details below) however please bear in mind that the Clerk is not a full time officer and there may be a delay in responding.  For urgent matters please contact any of the Councillors - details given above.