Little Chalfont Parish Council vice chairman says he would like to see more members of the BAME community apply to become local councillors.
New data revealed ethnic under-representation in local government is perpetuating racial inequality and disadvantage in the UK, as only seven per cent of all UK councillors are from a BAME background.
Vice chairman Mike Crowe said: “With the upcoming elections we will be calling for more volunteers to join the parish council.
“Anyone from the local community is welcome to apply and we would love to hear from members of the BAME community, as well as women and young people who we also wish to see represented on the local council. However, we can only recruit from those who come forward.”
Little Chalfont Parish Council was formed in 2007 and has a total of nine councillors. Vinny Patel, who comes from a BAME community, has served on the council for almost 10 years.
Cllr Patel moved away from Little Chalfont recently and at the next local elections in May 2021 he may stand down.
In case he doesn’t, the vice chairman mentioned other councillors have indicated they will not stand for re-election, so vacancies will occur.
To become a parish councillor you have to live or work in Little Chalfont and can commit to the necessary time needed to represent local residents’ interests.
Picture credit: Chairman Brian Drew