The National Association of Local Councils (NALC) is calling on all community heroes to step up and become a local (parish and town) councillor at the 2021 elections.

What do councillors do?
Local councillors are the champions of their community who invest time in local projects and issues to the benefit of residents and the neighbourhood. Councillors attend to local needs of residents, local groups and businesses, make decisions on local services, collaborate with district and borough councils to adhere to local needs, and progress vital projects to invest in the future of the community.

What do councils do?
Councils lead on community services such as allotments, footpaths, public seating and litter bins, but also larger projects such as the running of local transport, leisure services, youth services and climate change initiatives. These activities are funded by a local tax, called a precept which is determined by the council.

How long does it take?
NALC's Local Councillor Census Survey found that councillors put aside, on average, three hours a week for council work. Council work often includes attending meetings, engaging with residents and speaking to local groups and bodies on behalf of the council.

Can I stand for election?
You must be:

-   A British citizen, or a citizen of the Commonwealth, or the European Union

-   18 years of age or older

-   Live in an area that is served by a local council


How can I get involved?
Contact your Portreath Parish Council or visit  or Parish and Town Council Elections - 6th May to find out more.

Election candidate information packs (containing the required forms and guidance on the election process) will be available from the Cornwall Council Electrol Services. If you wish to be a candidate during an election, please contact Cornwall Council to request an information pack as soon as possible at the following address:

Electoral Services
Cornwall Council
35 County Hall
Treyew Road

Tel: 0300 123 1115


Ian Stewart

Ian Stewart - Chairman

Why did you want to be a councillor?

I was interested in things that affected us at a local level and wanted to offer my experience to help improve the service provided by the council.

What makes a good councillor?

Someone who is interested in improving the parish and able to represent the views of the parishioners

What would you like to see this council achieve?
To improve the area and facilities within it to the benefit of parishioners and visitors alike. To give a local voice to planning applications that go before the unitary authority.

What is the role of the Chairman?
I see the role of chairman as being the lead co-ordinator of the activities of the council as a whole. This starts with chairing the full council meetings, but also further meetings with the clerk and other relevant persons both within and outside of the council. I attend the meetings of other local groups such as the Camborne, Pool, Illogan and Redruth (CPIR) Community Network and also the Mining Villages Regeneration Group (MVRG), both of which help spread knowledge and ideas that affect the local areas especially where we are all able to work together to a common aim


Chris Matijasevic
Vice Chairman

Why did you want to be a councillor?

To serve the people of Portreath at the first level of local government

How long have you been a Councillor?

8 years

What makes a good councillor?

Someone who listens, understands and then represents the views of as wide range of parishioners as possible

What is a parish council?
It’s an elected group with civil authority to represent the parish

What powers does the Parish Council have?
Its powers reside mainly in raising sufficient funds to achieve its goals and appointing staff and sub-contractors. In addition, it is a consultee on a number of matters most notably planning applications.