Argyll and Bute Council are holding community council elections on 31st October 2013. Nominations for election to each community council close on 27th September 2013.
The Council says: ‘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.
‘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. Many groups also carry out other activities such as fundraising, community events, environmental or education projects and more.
‘There are currently 56 community councils in the Argyll and Bute local authority area, from Cardross in the east to the island communities in the west.
‘Argyll and Bute Council has confirmed that this year’s community council elections across the area will take place on Thursday 31 October.
‘Anyone who wants to become a community councillor 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 11 September, nomination packs will be available from Argyll and Bute Council Customer Service Points, from the local authority headquarters at Kilmory or can be downloaded from the council’s website here.
‘The nomination period for the 2013 elections starts on Thursday 12 September, closing at 4pm on Friday 27 September.
‘Argyll and Bute Council’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. I would encourage anyone who is interested in getting involved to consider standing for election as a community councillor. It is interesting and challenging and can really make a difference, not only to life in your own community but to Argyll and Bute as a whole.”
‘Find out more about community councils in your area, including boundary maps, information about this year’s elections and frequently asked questions, on Argyll and Bute Council’s website here.’