In October 2015 communities in Dumfries and Galloway will have the opportunity to elect new members for their Community Council.
Community Councillors are local people elected by members of their community to represent their views on a wide variety of subjects such as planning applications, public transport, the environment, conservation and licensing matters.
Community Councils may be involved with local projects and events, and many are in receipt of community windfarm benefits which are used to benefit their communities.
There are currently over 80 active Community Councils in Dumfries and Galloway and members for them must be nominated by the public. Anyone aged 16 years or over, living in the Community Council area and registered to vote in local government elections, can be nominated for their Community Council and, if elected, training will be provided by the local authority to enable people to fulfil their role.
The deadline for nominations is Friday, September 25, and information about how to nominate people will be advertised in due course on the Council’s website. Nomination forms will be available from Area Framework offices and Customer Service Centres or to download from the Council’s website.
Where there are more nominations than places on individual Community Councils there will be a poll (ballot box election) which will take place on Thursday 22 October.
A council spokesman said: “There are some areas of the region where there are no active Community Councils, but if there are sufficient people in one of those areas who are interested in developing one, support can be provided to set up a new Community Council.
“The public can use ‘My Community Council’ on the Council’s website to find out whether their local Community Council is active. Advice and support to re-establish Community Councils will be provided by local Area Framework teams who may be contacted via the Council Contact Centre on 030 33 33 3000.”
The Council’s Leader, Ronnie Nicholson, said: “Community Councils are a strong voice in their local communities. We as a Council understand the importance of local priorities and we want to encourage people from the age of 16 to stand for election to represent local people and to communicate their views to us.”
There is more information on the Council website about the Community Council Elections at www.dumgal.gov.uk/communitycouncils