Community council elections ahead

PEOPLE will have the chance to get involved in their own communities when Argyll and Bute Council holds community council elections later this year.

Community councils are voluntary organisations which have the right to be consulted about certain local government decisions which affect their areas. Members are elected by their communities and councils hold regular public meetings.

An Argyll and Bute statement said: “The purpose of a community council is to understand and recognise the views of people living in its area and actively represent local issues, needs and wishes to Argyll and Bute Council.

“Although not part of the local government system, active and dynamic community councils can help to complement the council’s role and work across the area.”

There are currently 56 community councils in the local authority’s area, from Cardross in the east to the island communities in the west.

Argyll and Bute Council staff counting votes in a community council by-election in 2012
Argyll and Bute Council staff counting votes in a community council by-election in 2012

This year’s community council elections across the area will take place on Thursday October 31.

Candidates must be on the electoral register and live in the community council area. They should be nominated, with a proposer and a seconder who should also be registered voters living in the area.

From Wednesday September 11, nomination packs will be available from Argyll and Bute customer service points, from the local authority headquarters at Lochgilphead or can be downloaded  from the council’s website.

The nomination period for the 2013 elections starts on Thursday September 12, closing at 4pm on Friday September 27.

Argyll and Bute’s lead councillor for support and customer services, Louise Glen-Lee, said: “Community councils have the potential to add real value and vibrancy to life in Argyll and Bute’s towns, villages and island communities.

“It is a real opportunity for people to help to shape public services in their local area.”

More information about community councils, including boundary maps, the elections and frequently asked questions, is available here.