Town Council

Silloth-on-Solway Town Council serves the Town of Silloth with a population of approximately 3,000 residents.  We deliver many services in the town, including the provision of open spaces, playing fields and recreation areas.  Our aim is to provide residents with information about the Town Council and the services which we deliver in the town.

Silloth-on-Solway Town Council is one of around 9,500 Town and Parish Councils within England.  Town and Parish Councils are the first tier of local government and work closely with the other tiers of local government, to try and achieve the best for their local communities.  A Town Council is an elected body made up of local people representing the interests of their community.  We deal with local issues which specifically affect our town.

Silloth-on-Solway Town Council has twelve Town Councillors, who are elected every 4 years, with the next elections to be held in May 2019.  Councillors elected at bye-elections or co-opted between elections will serve until the next ordinary election for the council.  When the number of persons nominated for election is equal to or less than the number of seats on the council, then a poll will not be held and those nominated will be declared elected.  In 2015, twelve names were put forward to join the Council and therefore no poll took place.  There have been three co-options since the last election in 2015.

All Councillors must be resident, local or work in the town.  All Town Councillors are unpaid volunteers, who willingly give their time and skills for the benefit of the town because they are committed to their local community.  Each year one of the twelve members is elected to the office of Town Mayor and our Mayor this year is Cllr. Tony Markley. 

Unlike District and County Councillors, the Town Councillors bring no political allegiances to their work.  All Council business is strictly controlled under a code of conduct.  Councillors must declare in writing any personal interest and abstain from debating and voting on matters in which they may be regarded to have a prejudicial interest.