Community Council consultation launched

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Community Council consultation launched

Thursday 5th October, 2017

Stirling Council has launched a new consultation into the way Community Councils function across the Stirling area.

At a special full Council Meeting, Councillors agreed to a review of the local authority’s Scheme for the Establishment of Community Councils and accompanying Code of Conduct.

The initial consultation process will be held over two 8 weeks periods - any amendments to proposals would then be put out for a final 4 week consultation.

The first 8 week consultation period is open to Community Councils, community groups, local trust and organisations who are invited to take part in an online survey.

Community Councillors are also being invited to meet with Stirling Council to discuss the review on Saturday 25 November in the Council Chambers at Old Viewforth.

Community Council boundaries, the number of representatives and election procedures are determined by each part local authority, through the Scheme for the Establishment of Community Councils.

The review follows significant changes at a national level, including the review of the area’s electoral wards and is part of Stirling Council’s work to maintain a strong understanding of the needs of our communities.

Community Planning and Regeneration Committee Convenor Chris Kane said, “Community Councils are a vital part of the democratic process. As a former Community Council Chairperson, I’ve had countless conversations with fellow Community Councillors about what works, what doesn’t work and what could work better; this consultation gives everybody the chance to have their say.  With the next community council elections due in 2018, it is crucial we take the opportunity to ensure they are robust and continue to be effective champions of local democracy.”

Currently there are 40 Community Councils operating in the Stirling Council area – with membership ranging from 8 to 15 councillors covering areas as small as 200 residents and as large as around 9,500.

More information on the consultation, as well as a survey link can be found here.

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