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.
Community Council Elections
Community Council Elections for the return of all Community Councils across Dumfries and Galloway shall be held in October at the same frequency as local government elections, with the most recent elections taking place on Thursday 3rd 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.
Notices of Uncontested Elections
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
What If My Area Doesn't Have a Current Community Council?
The list of areas where Community Councils are NOT established across Dumfries and Galloway can be found at www.dumgal.gov.uk/communitycouncils under 'Find your local Community Council'.
Where a Community Council does NOT exist and where there is interest by members of the community to be involved in establishing a Community Council for that area, a By-Election can take place.
To establish a Community Council you are required to submit a written application of at least 20 electors who are:
- 16 years of age or over;
- Reside within the Community Council area;
- Are on the current Register of Electors for that Community Council area.
Please submit as follows :
By post to: Dumfries and Galloway Council, Community Planning and Engagement Unit, Municipal Chambers, Buccleuch Street, Dumfries DG1 2AD
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 Enquiry Service (CCES)
The enquiry service provides a direct route for dealing with a huge range of enquiries that are regularly received by the Council from Community Councils. The enquiry service supports, manages, and monitors thee wide ranging enquiries so as to ensure they are dealt with systematically. Further information can be found in the following document.
Please submit enquiries to CCESMailbox@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 current Local Governance Review conducted by COSLA and the Scottish Government is looking at the role and arrangements for Community Councils. Read more about the research and recommendations.
This page is currently under review, and while Dumfries and Galloway Council makes every effort to maintain the accuracy of the information on this web page, it accepts no responsibility for any loss or damage, which may occur, from use of or reliance on the information.