Parish Clerk: Donna Tristram
Victory Hall, Villa Road
Stanway, Colchester, Essex


Stanway Parish Council is the third tier of local government in the area and is totally independent from the other two tiers, Essex County Council and Colchester Borough Council.

SPC provides some of your local services, but, to make this website a 'one stop shop', we have created an A -Z which (once fully developed) will provide you with information and links about almost everything in Stanway.

As your Parish Council, we strive to make Stanway a better place to live, work and play. Here, you will find a wealth of information about how we conduct business and what we do. Use the search facility or browse through the site to find whatever you are looking for. If you can't find the information you require, then please contact us.

Risk Management

  • Key Person Risk Management Matrix (PDF, 103 Kb)

    This is a risk-mitigation policy, using a matrix to take into account the short to long-term incapacity of key members of staff and identifying what is required to maintain the business continuity of the Parish Council

  • Documents

    All our documents are stored here, you can search and filter to easily find the documents of interest to you.

  • Council Meeting Recordings
  • Access to information

    This page contains details of how to access information available from the council.

  • Fault Report Form

    Use this form to raise issues which need attention.

  • Contact Us

    This page contains an online form for easy communication with the council and a location map for the council office.

Staff Vacancies

This page is used to advertise any staff vacancies that the Parish Council may have. Stanway PC has very few staff, but opportunities do occur from time to time.

Vacancy for Deputy Clerk/Deputy RFO - Deadline 3rd December 2021

How to become a Councillor

The 2019 election was uncontested. This means that there were less than 15 candidates, so the councillors were elected without the need for a poll. Accordingly, any vacancies can now be filled by the Council itself, using a process know as co-option.

The next election is scheduled for 2023. If, however, you wish to be involved in the local community as a full member of the Parish Council (with full voting rights) or as a co-opted member of sub-committee or working group, the following information will be of some use.

What do local councillors do?

Local councillors are the champions of their community and give residents a voice on the decisions the Council makes.

Becoming a local councillor will allow you to make a real difference in your community by engaging with residents, local groups and businesses to find out their needs; making decisions on which services and projects the council should take forward; and getting involved locally to ensure the services are meeting your community's needs.

How long does it take?

The National Association of Local Councils (NALC) Local Councillor Census Survey found that councillors put aside, on average, 3 hours a week for council work. This often includes attending meetings, engaging with residents and speaking on behalf of the Council to other bodies.

Can I stand?

Most people are qualified to stand for election to their local council but there are a few rules. You must be:

• A British citizen, or a citizen of the Commonwealth (up to January 31st 2020, the scheduled date for the UK's departure from the European Union, European citizens are also eligible, but whether this will continue remains to be clarified)

• 18 years of age or older

• Live in an area that is served by a local council

How can I get involved?

Contact the Clerk to find out more and submit your interest.

Using the link in the right hand column, you can also visit Please note that this is mainly aimed at would-be councillors at the County and Borough tiers, but some is applicable to a parish council. You can also find much more information by using this Local Government Association link.