Have you thought about becoming a parish councillor? Are you interested in local issues? Do you love living in Fairfield? Or do you think that there are many things that still need improving? Do you often say “someone should do something”? Could you be that ‘someone’?

Councillors meet monthly and welcome attendance and participation from the community. Probably the most common topics that parish councils get involved with are planning matters (they are statutory consultees). This is an important opportunity to protect the quality and uniqueness of Fairfield. Parish councils also get involved in lots of projects with their communities. Here at Fairfield, we have working groups made up of parish councillors and community representatives working on specific projects, such as the provision of allotments, a Garden of Remembrance, crime prevention and care of the orchards.

There are currently two vacancies on FPC due to the resignations of Amanda Hunt and Vinesh Khatwa. Information about becoming a councillor can be found on the parish website.

When a councillor resigns before the next scheduled election, their position can be filled by an election, if at least 10 electors request it. No such request was made by Fairfield electors following the resignation of Amanda Hunt in September, so FPC may now proceed to co-opt to fill her place. The vacancy has been advertised and FPC will aim to fill it by co-option at the meeting on 9 December.

The second vacancy arose due to the resignation of Vinesh Khatwa in October. Central Bedfordshire Council (CBC) has issued the official vacancy notice; this is displayed on FPC noticeboards and on the FPC website. If, by 17 November, a request for an election to fill this vacancy is made in writing to the Returning Officer at CBC by at least 10 electors, an election will be held to fill this vacancy. Otherwise this vacancy will also be filled by co-option.

If you are considering joining FPC, speak to the parish clerk or to any of the current councillors, who would give you a very warm welcome. All their contact information is on the website: www. fairfieldparishcouncil.gov.uk