Only one Community Council left in Angus? Don’t lose your voice

Published on Friday 14 September 2018

Community councillor nominations are coming in at a trickle.

Based on nominations received so far, only one of Angus’ 25 community councils would have sufficient numbers to continue.

Prospective community councillors have until 4pm next Wednesday (19 September) for their nominations to be received.

No nominations have been received from Friockheim & District; Glamis; Hillside, Dun & Logie Pert; Monifieth; Muirhead, Birkhill & Liff.

A single nomination has been received from the community council areas of Auchterhouse; City of Brechin & District; Letham and District; Newtyle & Eassie; and Strathmartine.

In all, a total of 45 nominations have been received from across Angus. Collectively, a minimum number of 138 is required among all the community councils. As it stands, only Lunanhead & District has achieved a minimum number of nominations required to reform.

Community councils play a vital role in local democracy and have an important voice when it comes to representing your fellow citizens thoughts and opinions, as well as issues, to Angus Council and other groups and organisations. They are consulted on local planning applications and have one person as their point of contact for all planning matters. They help to deliver local events and activities and advise, challenge, petition, and support the many issues, opportunities and concerns within their local community.

Community councils make a difference and that voice should not be lost.

Elections are due to be held in October for all our community councils. It is your opportunity to get involved and make that difference.

Notice of election has been published on Tellmescotland this week and all community councils have been informed. Full details about community councillor nominations are available via our dedicated community council elections web pages now.

Nominations for prospective candidates may be submitted from that date until 4pm on Wednesday, 19 September. This applies to all community councils across Angus.

As well as having a keen interest in the place and the people where you live, a prospective community councillor must be aged 16 years-old or over, on the electoral role and resident in the community council area they want to represent.

Community councils operate in Aberlemno; Auchterhouse; Carnoustie; The City of Brechin & District; Ferryden & Craig; Friockheim; Glamis; Hillside, Dun & Logie Pert; Inverarity; Inveresk; Kirriemuir; Kirriemuir Landward East; Kirriemuir Landward West; Letham & District; Lunanhead & District; Monifieth;  Monikie & Newbigging; Muirhead,  Birkhill & Liff; Murroes & Wellbank; Newtyle & Eassie; The Royal Burgh of Arbroath & District; The Royal Burgh of Forfar; The Royal Burgh of Montrose; Strathmartine; and Tealing.

Visit our community council blog, where you’ll find minutes, agendas, links to community council websites and news items, and can have a conversation about the work of your community council. Information and advice for community council members is available at www.communitycouncils.scot.

If you have any queries you can contact a member of the Election Team on (01307) 476060 or email elections@angus.gov.uk.