This site is the personal blog for myself, Jez Becker, the Town and County Councillor for St. Mary’s Ward in Chepstow, Monmouthshire.
I was elected to the post in May of 2017 and as there is so much going on across Monmouthshire, and in Chepstow in particular, I started this blog as I wanted to have a way of keeping residents updated on it all and on how I’m working on their behalf.
I occupy two roles. I am one of three Town Councillors for St. Mary’s Ward. These are voluntary positions. We can receive expenses of around £100 per year, but are otherwise unpaid. The Town Council’s responsibilities vary from topic to topic, and more can be found at www.chepstow.co.uk. Our meetings are, where confidentiality allows, public and I encourage anyone who would like to that they attend. The more engagement with residents in that forum the better. In particular I sit on the Town Amenities and Personnel Sub-committees.
I am also the sole Monmouthshire County Councillor for the St. Mary’s Ward. In this capacity my remit is to work towards the good of the County as a whole, whilst representing in particular the concerns of my Ward. At County level I sit on the Planning Select Committee and the Economic Development Select Committee. County Council is a paid position, with a wage of roughly £13,000 per year (gross) depending on a councillor’s responsibilities. As you can imagine, many County Councillors have second (or rather, primary) jobs. I have turned away paid work as a freelance computer programmer to give more time to the role. I do have another “job” as primary carer of our 3 young children.