Elections are held every 4 years, at the same time as the district council elections, therefore it will not cost a parish any money to hold an election on this date. Any interested resident can decide to stand as a parish councillor, you do not need to have experience of local government and do not need to have or state a political allegiance. You do need to be nominated by two other parish residents and submit a nomination form to your district council.
If you don’t want to become a parish councillor but are still interested in what is going on in your local area – any member of the public can attend parish council meetings, including the parish council’s annual meeting. Most parish councils provide an opportunity for members of the public to ask questions of the parish council or comment on parish matters.