Community councils give local people a say about what goes on in their area. They play a vital role in representing the views of their community to us and other public bodies.
Coming Soon - Your Community Council Elections!
Community Council Elections for the return of all Community Councils across Dumfries and Galloway will take place on Thursday, 3 October 2019.
As the most local tier of elected representation in Scotland, Community Councils play a key role in local decision-making by advising, influencing and advocating on behalf of their local communities. They are there to encourage and facilitate consultation with their local community and to listen to and act on the views of local people.
Dumfries and Galloway Council is committed to ensuring that our local people and communities are at the heart of our decision-making and are keen to work closely with Community Councils to make our communities better places to live.
This is your opportunity to become involved and to make difference and we encourage you to submit your nomination.
Nominations will be open from Tuesday, 13 August 2019 until 5pm on Tuesday 3 September 2019.
If there are more nominations than places on the Community Council an election ballot will be held in that area on Thursday, 3 October 2019.
Scheme for the Establishment of Community Councils
Community Councils are governed by the Scheme for Establishment of Community Councils in Dumfries and Galloway. This sets out how they should operate including, elections, membership rules and meeting arrangements. The Scheme was originally adopted in 1997 and various amendments have been agreed by Dumfries and Galloway Council since then.
The amended Scheme and its schedules were passed by resolution of the Dumfries and Galloway Council in terms of section 53 of the Local Government (Scotland) Act 1973 on 25 September 2018. With the exception of Schedule 1, the terms of the Scheme came into force on 1 November 2018.
The terms of Schedule 1 shall come into force in October 2019, following the next scheduled ordinary election of Community Councils in Dumfries and Galloway, and if the membership number naturally falls to the agreed reduced number before the next ordinary elections, the Community Council does not require to fill vacancies, noting Ochtrelure and Belmont and Stranraer Community Council whereby the maximum / minimum numbers would be effective as of 1 November 2018
How to get involved
There are different ways to get involved in your local community council:
- attend your community council's regular public meetings
- email your local community council or visit their website
- become a community council member
Community council elections
Community Council Ordinary elections are held during the month of October at the same frequency as the Local Government Elections. Community Council Elections for the return of all Community Councils across Dumfries and Galloway will take place on Thursday, 3 October 2019.
Vacancies on Community Councils may arise between Ordinary elections and where the vacancy does not result in the number of Elected Community Councillors falling below the minimum number of permitted Elected Members, then this vacancy can be filled by holding a Casual Vacancy Election or Co-option subject to conditions.
Further information can be obtained via email at Community.Councils@dumgal.gov.uk
Strengthening Community Councils
A recently published, detailed report carried out by the Scottish Community Development Centre (SCDC) and What Works Scotland (WWS) on strengthening Community Councils to have a key role taking forward ideas around community empowerment and democratic renewal in Scotland. Some of the recommendations include:-
- Local Authorities, in collaboration with Scottish Government, to put in place resources to improve Community Councils' capacity to meet local needs
- Strengthening/enhancing Community Council powers
- Support is needed with empowerment, training, capacity building, resources, networking and promotion
- Regular point of contact for local authority and other agencies
- Compensation schemes implemented to support community councillors with accessibility, travel, caring responsibilities and loss of earnings
- New measures for Community Council membership to increase diversity
- Scottish Government conduct a publicity campaign to raise awareness of Community Councils
What Happens Next?
The report will now feed into the current Local Governance Review conducted by COSLA and the Scottish Government. Read more about the research and recommendations.
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