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Parish Elections 2023

Lydford is looking for people passionate about their community to stand for election in this May’s local (parish and town) council #elections. You can help #MakeAChange for your community by becoming a Councillor. If you think you might be interested, talk to one of the present Councillors, or email the Clerk.

What does a parish council do?

Parish councils are the first tier of government. They are the most local of local authorities, acting solely in the interests of the people of the parish. As it is the authority closest to the community, the parish council is often the first place people will go with concerns or ideas. For this reason parish councils are a vital part of the community.​The work of a parish council fall into three main categories:

  • representing the local community

  • delivering some services to meet local needs

  • striving to improve the quality of life in the parish


Why become a Parish Councillor?

If you’ve never been to a parish council meeting before, you may be forgiven for thinking that Parish Councillors are a group of (probably older) people who meet now and then in a draughty village hall.  If, however, you live in a community where something ‘big’ has happened, you’ll know that when people in the community need support and guidance, it is sometimes the Parish Council that is turned to.

By becoming a Parish Councillor you become someone your community will look to for help, guidance and support a community leader with the power to influence decisions for the benefit of the people you serve.

Seeing your community change for the better, as a result of decisions you have helped make, is something that can give you a sense of achievement and pride.

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Lydford Parish Council welcomes you to Lydford, Dartmoor  

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