There are three councillors in each of Newcastle's 26 Wards, so in total we have 78 councillors at Newcastle City Council. Councillors are also sometimes known as Elected Members. They are elected for a four year term. Councillors participate in the work of the council in a variety of ways, and help constituents (residents) with problems involving the work of the council.
The overriding duty of councillors is to the whole community, but they have special duty to their constituents, including those who did not vote for them. For details of how to contact one of your local councillors, contact Member Services at the Civic Centre on phone number 0191 211 6216.
Councillors welcome enquiries from all members of the community. Councillor surgeries are held in each Ward during most months of the year, with a break in August and sometimes fewer surgeries are held in December. All Councillor surgeries should be held in accessible venues. Young people are particularly encouraged to get involved in having their say and playing a full part in civic life. You can talk to a councillor about concerns in your local area, or you can ask them to speak to council staff on your behalf.