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Community councils

Community councils are statutory bodies introduced under the Local Government Scotland Act 1973. Their term of office is 4 years and elections took place on Thursday 22 October 2015. They have no executive powers although being close to and part of the local community they play a vital role in representing the views of the community to local authorities and other public bodies.

Dumfries and Galloway Council recognises the vital role that community councillors play and acknowledges the dedication, knowledge and expertise that they bring. There are 107 community council areas in Dumfries and Galloway, and usually around 90 community councils are operational at any time.


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. 

You can find your nearest community council and view contact details using the My Community Council database

Community councillors are responsible for telling their local Area Framework team about changes to their contact details and the database is updated as soon as we are advised. 


By-elections


Following the disestablishment of some of our local Community Councils, a number of by-elections will take place in July and August 2016.  The first step in the by-election process is for an Application for Re-Establishment of a Community Council form to be submitted to Dumfries and Galloway Council.  This requires 20 signatures of people who live within the Community Council area and who are on the Electoral Register.

Nominations have now closed for the Returning Officer and Depute Returning Officer.

By Elections are to be held on 7 July 2016 for the return of Community Councillors who will comprise the elected Community Councils as listed below from 8am on 8th July until October 2019.

  • Auchencairn
  • Buittle Parish
  • Carronbridge
  • Carsphairn
  • Castle Douglas
  • Closeburn
  • Cree Valley
  • Dalbeattie
  • Dalry
  • Dundrennan
  • Gatehouse of Fleet
  • Georgetown
  • Glencairn
  • Gretna and Rigg
  • Hoddom and Ecclefechan
  • Kelton
  • Kirkconnel and Kelloholm
  • Kirkmahoe
  • Kirkmichael
  • Lincluden
  • Lochrutton
  • Lochside and Woodlands
  • Middlebie and Waterbeck
  • Parton
  • Royal Burgh of Kirkcudbright and District
  • Royal Burgh of New Galloway and Kells Parish
  • Springfield and Gretna Green
  • The Royal Burgh of Sanquhar and District 
  • Thornhill
  • Tinwald Parish
  • Tongland and Ringford
  • Troqueer and Landward
  • Tynron

Nomination papers, duly completed and signed, must be delivered to the Returning Officer no later than 5pm on Friday 27 May 2016. Those entitled to stand for election, or to propose a nomination, are those people aged 16 years and over who live in the relevant Community Council area and whose names appear in the appropriate Electoral Registers as being eligible to vote in local government elections on the date of completion of the nomination form. If more than the maximum number of people for the individual Community Council remain validly nominated after the period for nominations has expired, a ballot box election will be held on Thursday 7 July 2016.

By Elections are to be held on 4 August 2016 for the return of Community Councillors who will comprise the elected Community Councils as listed below from 8am on 5 August until October 2019.

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Nomination papers, duly completed and signed, must be delivered to the Returning Officer no later than 5pm on Friday 24 June 2016. Those entitled to stand for election, or to propose a nomination, are those people aged 16 years and over who live in the relevant Community Council area and whose names appear in the appropriate Electoral Registers as being eligible to vote in local government elections on the date of completion of the nomination form. If more than the maximum number of people for the individual Community Council remain validly nominated after the period for nominations has expired, a ballot box election will be held on Thursday 4 August 2016.

Download Nomination Papers for Community Councillors

The public should note that in the event of a poll, voting at these elections will be confined to those members of the electorate who attend the poll in person. There will be no postal or proxy voting.

If between half and the maximum permitted number of persons for a Community Council remain validly nominated, then such persons will be declared to be duly elected unopposed and will be empowered to fill a restricted number of vacancies by co-option. If less than half the maximum number of persons remain validly nominated, the Community Council shall not be established.

Further notice will be given following receipt of nominations.

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 for the Establishment of Community Councils in Dumfries and Galloway was originally adopted in 1997. Since then various amendments have been agreed by Dumfries and Galloway Council and you can download the most up to date version of the Scheme below:


Information for community councillors


We have developed a page to support community councils and councillors in their day to day role, as well as answer some frequently asked questions.

Related Information

Contact Details

 

Area Framework - Annandale and Eskdale

Council Offices
High Street
Annan
DG12 6AQ

Tel: 01461 207043

Area Framework - Stewartry

Council Offices
Daar Road
Kirkcudbright
DG6 4JG

Tel: 01557 332524
Email this contact

 

Area Framework - Wigtown

Council Offices
Ashwood House
Sun Street
Stranraer
DG9 7JJ

Tel: 01776 888423
Email this contact

Area Framework - Nithsdale

Municipal Chambers
Buccleuch Street
Dumfries
DG1 2AD

Tel: 01387 245960
Email this contact

Contact Dumfries and Galloway Council T: 030 33 33 3000

Council Offices
English Street
Dumfries
DG1 2DD

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