Elections & Vacancies

Elections & Vacancies

What does a Town Councillor do?

The council is a team consisting of the Chairman (who ensures a balanced debate and leads the council), the Councillors (who do the debating and decision-making) and the Clerk (who ensures that the council acts in a legal manner and takes action on the decisions made). In a Town Council, the Chairman may be referred to as the Mayor.

Councillors are from the local community and represent the views and concerns of those who elect them. They understand local concerns, debate issues within council meetings and use their best judgement to make decisions.

The role of a Councillor is not just confined to meetings – many are active in other community areas and bring that expertise and knowledge to the council meeting to benefit all.

Councillors are known locally and are often asked for advice or help; it is their responsibility to seek an answer or solution through the council.

Training to be a councillor is available through the Cumbria Association of Local Councils (CALC).

Aspatria Town Council Vacancies



Salary £10.44 per Hour (in accordance with nationally agreed scales) plus home working allowance.

Aspatria Town Council seeks a confident person with an interest in the local community for the post of Town Clerk.
The Clerk is responsible for managing the Council’s day to day business, providing advice, and implementing decisions.
Applicants will need to be computer literate, have excellent organisational abilities and be able to prepare council agendas and record minutes, and correspond with external organisations on behalf of the Council.
Working hours are about 18 hours per week. With the exception of meetings attendance, the post holder will be expected to work from home and will be provided with a printer.
It will be necessary to have some storage for Council files.

The Council meets in the evening on the third Tuesday of each month, except August, when there is no meeting.
Other meetings, for example the Parks & Allotments Committee, Christmas Planning etc will be called as required.

Formal training and plenty of help and advice will be available.

For an informal discussion, and an application form and job description, please contact the current Clerk, Mrs C McCormick on 07909894925 or email: clerk.aspatriatc@yahoo.co.uk

Applications should be sent to Aspatria Town Clerk, C/o 82 West Street, Aspatria, Cumbria CA7 3HH marked “Private and Confidential”,
by no later than Thursday 30th September 2021.

It is intended that interviews will be held on Thursday, 7th October 2021.

Councillor Vacancies

Aspatria Town Council currently has vacant seats on the council

The council is looking to fill vacant seats covering the Aspatria Central and Aspatria East wards through cooption.
If you would like to find out more about the role of a councillor and how to aplly for consideriation for cooption please contact the Clerk of the council for more information.


Please note there are currently vacancies on Aspatria Town Council.

The Town Council meet at 7.00 p.m. on the third Tuesday of each month in Aspatria Methodist Church. There is no meeting in August. Other than attendance at monthly meetings, this is not a time consuming role.

The criteria for candidates is as follows:
1. Must be at least 18 years old and
2. be a British citizen, an eligible Commonwealth citizen or a citizen of any member state of the European Union, and
3. meet at least one of the following four qualifications:

a. they are, and will continue to be, registered as a local government elector for the parish/community
b. they have occupied as owner or tenant any land or other premises in the parish/community area during the whole of the preceding 12 months before the day of co-option
c. their main or only place of work during the 12 months prior to the day of co-option has been in the parish/community area.
d. they have lived in the parish/community area or within three miles of it during the whole of the 12 months before the date of co-option

For further information on the role of a Councillor, please contact the Clerk or consult the Cumbria Association of Local Councils website (www.calc.org.uk)

If you would like to become a member of the Town Council, please apply in writing to the Clerk via following email or postal address. ASPATRIA TOWN COUNCIL
Mrs Clare McCormick
Town Clerk
C/o 82 West Street
E-Mail: clerk.aspatriatc@yahoo.co.uk