There are over 735 community and town councils throughout wales, with around 8000 people giving voluntary service.
Community councils are accountable to local people and have a duty to represent the interests of the different parts of the community equally, they have many powers and some duties depending on the size of the community they represent. Community and town councils work closely with the county or county borough council in the area. For more details visit ‘One Voice Wales site
To become a community councillor you must be over 18 and a British national or qualifying citizen of the Commonwealth or European Union. Council seats are awarded either through election or by co-option. Co-option is used where there are not enough candidates at election time or the electorate does not call for an election when a seat falls vacant.
Community councillors can represent a political party or be politically independent.
If you are interested in the roles of Town and Community Councils then also see the One Voice Wales guide What are Community and Town Councils for more info.