While many people want a say in how their area is run, many do not even know who their Councillors are or what the Parish Council can do.
From the right to make representations on planning applications, the state of footpaths to street lighting, Parish and Town Councils have a wide range of responsibilities. They make decisions which affect your every day life.
Many people may think their opinions does not count and public statements over the years have further reduced the hope that local action can or will make any difference. The answer is simple; you vote, you decide. It's an important way of having your say on the issues you care about and choosing who will take decisions on your behalf.
To vote in any election you must be registered to vote. To get on the electoral register, please contact Electoral Services at Ryedale District Council.
Please be aware, you can register to vote when you are aged 16 years or over, but you need to be 18 or over to vote.
Come along to our meetings, get involved and find out who your Councillors are. If you want to become a Parish Councillor, or you know someone who does, by voting and getting involved, you might be able to help provide a better service.
Have a look at the What & How page to see what Parish Councils can do and how to become a Parish Councillor.