Community councils are a great way for individuals to play an active role in their local community. And, with the elections for all community councils in Aberdeen being held on Thursday 25 October 2018, there’s never been a better time to get involved.
Nominations must be received by 4pm on Thursday 27 September, which gives you just under a week to get your nomination form submitted.
And, did you know that anyone aged 16 years and older, who lives within a community council area, and is on the electoral roll can get involved? Well, they can, and they do, and I would like to encourage more to follow suit. In fact, there are places for young people aged 16 and 17 years and other co-options are allowed.
Aberdeen’s community councils play a vital role in representing the views of the community to the local authority and other public bodies.
In 2013, Aberdeen City Council published a protocol which was developed to enhance the working relationship between the Council and the community councils that represent local communities across the city.
As a Council we have said that we will seek to develop a sense of community in Aberdeen based on principles of openness, fairness, reciprocity and responsibility and that we will encourage and support citizens to participate in the development, design and decision making of services to promote civic pride, active citizenship and resilience.
Community councils can help to achieve this by identifying local issues and providing a channel of communication between the City Council, elected members, officers and the communities that they represent. The Council in turn acknowledges the work of the Community Councils and the representations that they make on behalf of citizens.
The protocol outlines the expectations and standards for the way in which community councils and the Council can work together to improve communication and participation across Aberdeen.
Community councils receive annual grants from the City Council (minimum £500 plus 11p per elector in the Community Council area). Each community council has a three-year term of office and while they do not have executive powers, they are statutory consultees on planning and licensing matters.
To find out more, please contact Karen Finch, Community Council Liaison Officer, on 01224 522723 or email firstname.lastname@example.org
Key dates to remember
Close of nominations – 4pm on Thursday 27 September 2018
Closing date for withdrawal of nominations – 4pm on Wednesday 03 October 2018
Notice of poll (or uncontested election) – Monday 08 October 2018
Polling day – 8am-8pm –Thursday 25 October 2018