Elected Town Councillors
Southwell Town Council comprises 15 Town Councillors, led by the Chairman and Deputy Chairman.
Councillors, who are elected every four years, can represent a political party or may stand as an independent candidate. No member of the Council is paid or receives an allowance.
Town Councillors hold a surgery at the Market Place on the Saturday morning before Full Council Meetings (3rd Wednesday of the month, except August and December), when residents and visitors are invited to come to speak with Councillors and discuss any issues they wish to raise.
Meet you Councillors to find out who’s who and what their areas of interest are.
The Council meets at the Old Courthouse on the Burgage. Southwell residents are welcome to attend open council meetings:
- Full Council meeting: third Wednesday of every month (excluding August and December)
- Operations Committee
- Planning Committee: first Wednesday of every month
- Finance & Scrutiny Committee: six times per year
The Council also has working groups and subcommittees, including:
- The Way Forward Steering Group
- Communications Group
- HR Committee
- Highways Committee
Councillors also represent the town and Council on other groups, such as:
- Leisure Centre Trust
- Flood Forum
- Other Trusts and Charities
The Council employs a Clerk, whose role is to ensure that the Council conducts its business properly and provides councillors with independent, professional advice and support.
Town Council services
Southwell Town Council is responsible for a variety of local services. Find out more about these by clicking here (Town Council: What We Do page).
The Town Council’s services are run by a team of eight staff members:
- 3 part-time professional administrators: Clerk, Deputy Clerk, and Assistant Clerk
- 1 part-time Tourism & Events Co-ordinator
- 2 full-time Grounds & Facilities Maintenance staff
- 2 part-time Grounds & Facilities Maintenance staff
How the Town Council is funded
Southwell Town Council raises a council tax, known as a Precept, each year to finance the services it provides and improve the facilities it manages.
In addition, the Council receives further funds from several sources, including the car parks, renting out part of the Old Courthouse, room hire at the Old Courthouse, events on Burgage, pitch hire and market tolls.
There may also be further funding from Community Infrastructure Levies (CIL) or Section 106 Payments. These are planning charges paid by housing developers to allow the Town Council to make improvements to the town as required by the increase in population from the new developments.