Oulton Parish Council is an apolitical elected body that represents the parishioners of Oulton.
The parish is located to the northwest of Lowestoft in the County of Suffolk within the UK Parliamentary Constituency of Waveney. East Suffolk Council is the local administrative body.
The parish is also represented at district and county level by elected councillors of both East Suffolk Council and Suffolk County Council.
The Parish Council consists of 10 councillors who are elected on a four year term of office basis to represent the two wards of Oulton East and Oulton West.
OE = Oulton East Ward, OW = Oulton West Ward
Councillor John Murray (OW)
Councillor Jenny Hinton (OW)
Councillor Jane Murray (OW)
"I am a retired PE teacher who had taught in the area for 40 years and has lived in Oulton Broad for over 30 years. I am married with 3 adult children and 1 grandchild. I have been a District Councillor for Oulton and am keen to continue to represent and work for the community. I have always worked in collaboration with Oulton Parish Council within my role of District Councillor and became a co-opted member of Oulton Parish Council in 2018. Previously as member of a Parent Teacher Association and as a Staff Governor, I have engaged with and understood local issues that are important to local people. I am a Trustee of Sentinel Leisure Trust Group, Trustee of Oulton Poor's Trust and a Manager of a local Pupil Referral Unit. "
Councillor George King (OW)
"I was born and raised in Lowestoft and currently live on Oulton Street. I am 25, I have worked on various charity projects, nationally and internationally. Worked in political research in London. I am now a Teacher at East Norfolk Sixth Form College, previously working at Lowestoft Sixth Form. I hope to further support the most vulnerable and ensure Oulton is a place to live and work harmoniously. I also hope in the future to ensure the council communicates better with the people of Oulton and bring in new projects to the community to ensure kids have more sports facilities to enjoy."
Councillor Peter Collecott (OW)
Councillor Robin Hinton (OE)
Councillor Mike Shaw (OW)
Councillors' Register of Interests
Register of interests (link to external website)
THE ROLE OF A COUNCILLOR
A councillor is a member of the council and is normally elected for a term of four years. People of any political or religious persuasion are eligible to become a councillor, although their personal views should not extend into their parish council work. A councillor is an unpaid voluntary role.
They are elected to represent the interests of the local community as a whole and promote a harmonious local environment. The number of elected councillors depends on the size of the area. In Oulton we are able to have 10 councillors.
Local councils are the first tier of local government and are the first point of contact for anyone concerned with a community issue. They are democratically elected local authorities.
Councillors must abide by a Code of Conduct; a set or rules on how councillors are expected to behave. They must also declare their interests in the parish, details of which are held on East Suffolk Council's Register.