Council Members

The Parish Council has six seats, five seats representing Staveley and one seat representing Copgrove. The current Council was formed in May 2018 and will serve a four year term. All seats become vacant at the end of the term. The Council currently comprises:

CouncillorRoleFurther Details
Graham BowlandView
Peter EdwardsView
David GreenwoodView
William KirkpatrickVice ChairView
Helen NorthChairView
John Thornton

Member Details

Membership details for all Parish Councils in the Harrogate Borough are available from the Harrogate Borough Council website here . Further details of Councillor’s registered interests can also be found on this website by following the links for each Councillor for each Parish Council.

Councillors’ Conduct and Interests

There are seven Nolan principles that apply to the conduct of people in public life. They are:

1Selflessness: you should act in the public interest
2Integrity: you should not put yourself under any obligations to others, allow them improperly to influence you or seek benefit for yourself, family, friends or close associates
3Objectivity: you should act impartially, fairly and on merit
4Accountability: you should be prepared to submit to public scrutiny necessary to ensure accountability
5Openness: you should be open and transparent in your actions and decisions unless there are clear and lawful reasons for non-disclosure
6 Honesty: you should always be truthful
7Leadership: as a councillor, you should promote, support and exhibit high standards of conduct and be willing to challenge poor behaviour.

These principles are incorporated into the Code of Conduct that applies to all Staveley & Copgrove Councillors. Further information about the role of a Parish Councillor is available from the Local Government Association here .

Councillor Criteria

To be able to stand as a candidate at a parish council election in England you must:

be at least 18 years old
be a British citizen, an eligible Commonwealth citizen or a citizen of any member state of the European Union, and meet at least one of the following four qualifications:
a. You are, and will continue to be, registered as a local government elector for the parish/community in which you wish to stand from the day of your nomination onwards,
b. You have occupied as owner or tenant any land or other premises in the parish/community area during the whole of the 12 months before the day of your nomination and the day of election,
c. Your main or only place of work during the 12 months prior to the day of your nomination and the day of election has been in the parish/community area,
d. You have lived in the parish/community area or within three miles of it during the whole of the 12 months before the day of your nomination and the day of election.

Further information about standing for a Parish Council is available here .