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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, with the next elections due to take 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. 


Elections


Elections for community councillors will take place in some areas of Dumfries and Galloway on Thursday 22 October.


By-elections


A number of community council by-elections will take place during July and August:

  • Thornhill Community Council - Monday 27 July (nominations closed)
  • Closeburn Community Council - Wednesday 29 July (nominations closed)
  • Loreburn Community Council - Monday 31 August (nominations open)

Public notices advertising the by-elections will also appear in local newspapers: 

Nomination are still open for the Loreburn Community Council by-election:

  •  (Closing date: Friday 31 July)

Completed forms should be sent to arrive no later than the closing date with the Returning Officer listed on the form.


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:


Amendment of the Scheme


It was agreed at a meeting of Dumfries and Galloway Council on 25 June that an amendment process would be undertaken to the Scheme for the Establishment of Community Councils.

The proposed amendments are based on specific areas for improvement.

Help us to improve the Scheme

You can  and add your comments to the document. Then email the document to communitycouncils@dumgal.gov.uk no later than Friday, 28 August 2015.

Your Community Council has an opportunity to increase or decrease its maximum elected membership (see page 8 of the proposed amendments document).


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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