Salhouse Parish Council
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, however the Parish Clerk is a salaried employee.
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 Salhouse we are able to have11 Councillors.
Local Councils are the first tier of governance and are the first point of contact for anyone concerned with a community issue. They are democratically elected local authorities and exist in England, Wales and Scotland. The term ‘local council’ is synonymous with ‘Parish Council’, ‘Town Council’ and ‘Community Council’.
The current Parish Councillors for Salhouse are listed below. If you wish to make contact with any parish councillor, please do so firstly via the Clerk.
There are currently 3 vacancies for Parish Councillors. If you are interested and would like to find out more, please contact the Clerk.
For a list of Parish Councillor's Interests, please visit Broadland District Council Parish and Town Council Register of Interests page.
Salhouse Parish Councillors
Bob Cooper - Chairman
I have lived in Salhouse for most of my life and will do my best for the village. Times have changed a great deal in recent years and are only going to get tougher, I will try my best to look after this village along with the rest of you all.
Colin McCormick - Vice Chairman
I have lived in Salhouse for over 35 years, my family has been born and raised here, and during this time I have got to know a wonderful network of villagers across several generations. A couple of years ago I produced a book on the history of the Salhouse and Woodbastwick, which proved very popular.
I have been a Parish Councillor since 2003, and I have seen many changes in this time, not only in the councillors themselves, but also in the way things are done. There are far more rules and regulations than there once were, everyone is much more accountable. The responsibilities of councillors has grown, especially with new legislation such as the Localism Act and the new planning policies, and recently the Neighbourhood Plan. Now that I am retired, walking around the village and chatting with the people I meet is one of my greatest pleasures. If they want to raise issues concerning the Parish Council, I am only too willing to talk about them and give advice if possible.
I have lived in Salhouse for the last 38 years and prior to that 6 years in Norwich. I moved to Norfolk when I married in 1974 and consider myself a local, having spent two thirds of my life here. I am retired and feel that the time has come to take a more active role in the life of the parish. However, I was active during my children's education being Treasurer for Salhouse Playgroup, a member of Salhouse V.C. PTA and later Broadland High School PTA.
My interests are walking, gardening, cooking and reading. Several friends and I have recently started The Salhouse Bell Reading Group.
I have been living in Salhouse for the last 16 years after moving from Little Plumstead. I am an artist who specialises in large sculptural works utilising materials that are discarded and redundant. My work reflects man’s wastefulness and misuse of the planet.
My particular interests in the Parish Council are the environment, conservation area, rights of way and encouraging social cohesion.
Originally from Sheffield and educated at Nottingham University, I have been a resident of Salhouse for over 3 years, having relocated to Norfolk from Reading, Berkshire in 2015. I have two children who attend Salhouse Primary School where my wife is a Parent Governor.
I am a Chartered Civil Engineer specialising in Highways and Infrastructure, and with almost 20 years of design experience of schemes of all sizes I am able to extend my professional interest into related matters before the Parish Council.
I have lived in Broadland all my life; before moving to Salhouse in November 2018, I lived a stones throw away in Brundall, so I really appreciate local village/parish life. I have a real passion for making a difference in the community with which I live; in my day job as a director of a big 4 firm, I lead all or Corporate Social Responsibility activity across East Anglia and I also hold the role as Chair of the Trustee Board for the Mid Norfolk and North Suffolk RSPCA branch. Personally, I am a huge advocate of animal welfare and have somehow ended up with 11 rescue cats. The sense of community within Salhouse is amazing and I very much look forward to continue being part of that.
My love of Salhouse goes back many years when my wife and I used to bring the children and dog down to Salhouse Broad to feed the ducks and have an ice-cream. In 2014 the old Post Office went up for sale, and after a lot of hard work we turned this into a lovely Tea Room and Craft Shop which serves the locals and visitors to a unique friendly experience. I decided to join the Parish Council in July 2016 as I wanted to support the community.