Elected Town Councillors
Southwell Town Council comprises 15 Town Councillors, led by the Chairperson and Deputy Chairperson. 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.
Click here to meet your Councillors – find out who’s who and what their areas of interest are.
The Council meets at the Old Courthouse on the Burgage. However due to the pandemic all council meetings are on Zoom and live streamed on the Southwell Town Council facebook page. Everyone is welcome to attend council meetings, the zoom links can be found on the agenda for each meeting which can be found by clicking here
- Full Council meeting: third Wednesday of every month (excluding August and December)
- Town Environment Committee: Wednesday
- Planning Committee: first Wednesday of every month
- Governance & Finance Committee: Mondays, six times per year
The Council also has working groups and subcommittees, including:
- Communications Group
- HR Committee
- Climate Change Working Group
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:
- 4 part-time professional administrators: Clerk, Deputy Clerk, Admin Assistant and Events, Tourism & Communications Officer
- 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.