Elections for community councils in Dumfries and Galloway will take place on October 4.
With 18 such bodies currently not sitting due to the lack of people standing for election in the past, people locals are being encouraged to stand for election.
Community councils are key partners in local government and in developing local communities, with the aim of maximising the benefits for local people and their communities.
Community councils have a great deal of scope to get involved in a variety of local issues, to develop local projects and activities, on their own or with other groups, and represent community opinion to local authorities and public bodies.
Community councils encompass a wide sphere of responsibility and influence, including planning applications, transport, leisure and recreation provision, roads and street lighting, local amenities/community halls, educational provision, local and structure plans, and local traditions and community identity.
Some community councils produce community newsletters. Others are setting up and running children’s play schemes, galas, one-off events and leisure outings.
You can be nominated to become a community councillor if you are 18 years old or over, appear on the register of electors in your area and have two proposers whose names also appear on the register of electors for that area.
Nomination forms must be submitted to your Returning Officer by 5pm on Friday, September 7.
For further information on how to become a community councillor go to www.dumgal.gov.uk/communitycouncils or call 030 33 33 3000.
The community councils currently disestablished are Annandale & Eskdale – North Milk; Nithsdale – Corberry & Laurieknowe, Kingholm Quay, Kirkmichael, Lincluden, Locharbriggs, Mouswald, Ryedale, St Michaels, Summerville & Stakeford, Durisdeer, Wanlockhead; Stewartry – Corsock & Kirkpatrick Durham; Wigtown – Castle Kennedy, Leswalt, Lochans, Sorbie, Stranraer.