Community Council Elections 2018
What are Community Councils?
Community councils are set up by the Local Government (Scotland) Act 1973, chapter 64, part IV. Most Community Councils will comprise of up to 12 members from the community who are elected to serve for a period of 3 years. The number of Community Councillors in each area depends on the population figures for the area. Kingswells falls into the first category.
|Average Population Numbers||Minimum and Maximum CC Numbers|
|1,000 – 10,000||6 and 12 (Kingswells)|
|10,001 – 15,000||8 and 16|
|15,001 – 20,000+||10 and 20|
Role and Responsibilities
The general purpose of Community Councils is to act as a voice for their local area. This will involve them articulating the views and concerns of local people in their area on a wide range of issues of public concern and make representations to the Local Authority, other public sector bodies and private agencies on matters within their sphere of interest.
Community Councils are a statutory consultee on all planning applications and licensing applications relating to liquor.
Community Councils should have in place mechanisms to encourage public involvement and feedback to secure greatest possible involvement from all sectors of the community which may include consultations, questionnaires, public meetings and effective means to publicise the determinations of the community council.
How do they work?
- They usually meet once a month to discuss the issues of current concern in their area.
- They contact and are contacted by relevant agencies to put forward the views of the community which involves collating views from members of the community, including individuals, families and groups.
- They discuss and negotiate solutions to local issues and concerns.
- They attend meetings, liaise with City Councillors and officials.
- When necessary they campaign on big issues of local concern.
Community Council Achievements
- Production and distribution of newsletters
- Community gardens and floral displays
- Setting up of websites and other social media
- Clean up activities
- Securing funding for local projects
- Influencing planning and licensing decisions
- Campaigning on local issues
Who can be a Community Councillor?
Community Council candidates must be named on the current electoral register for the Community Council area in which they reside as a local government elector. The minimum age to stand for election as a Community Councillor is 16 years of age.
You don’t need any special skills or experience. People who become Community Councillors should have an interest in their community and often begin with an interest in a specific issue such as youth provision, protecting the environment or the quality of local services.
Find Out more
Would you like to stand as a Community Councillor? Do you know someone else who would be a good Community Councillor? Please contact the Kingswells Community Council at firstname.lastname@example.org or 01224 749 743 or the Community Council Liaison Officer (CCLO), Karen Finch on 01224 522723 or email email@example.com for more information.
The CCLO has organised two information sessions for prospective Community Councillors to come along and find out more about Community Councils and the work that they do.
7pm – Wednesday 22 August in Committee Room 2, Town House, Broad Street
7pm – Monday 27 August in Committee Room 2, Town House, Broad Street
Posters and leaflets will be issued to all Community Councils to help promote the elections. Information will also be posted on Aberdeen City Council’s website and nomination forms will be available from late August.