New dates for Community Council elections in Stirling have been issued by Stirling Council.

Last year, 30 out of 42 Community Councils successfully formed across the local authority area, establishing a formal tier of local democracy to represent the voices of local people in their respective communities.

Seven of those areas had more than the required number of nominations, such was the support from the community, and had to go through a ballot process. However, there were also 12 areas where sufficient numbers were not achieved.

Those villages and areas have now been given a second chance to gain representation, by submitting nominations no later than Friday, 8 February at 4pm.

The areas which have yet to form are:

  • Balquhidder, Lochearnhead & Strathyre
  • Buchanan
  • Drymen
  • Hillpark & Milton
  • Killin
  • King’s Park
  • Kippen
  • Plean
  • Riverside
  • Thornhill & Blairdrummond
  • Throsk
  • Torbrex

Community Councils are involved in a wide range of activities and issues, including planning and licensing applications, bringing inspiring projects to life and passing on expertise.

Anyone over the age of 16 and on the electoral register for their community council area can stand for election and get involved in a rewarding role which will ensure communities have a voice.

Cllr Chris Kane, convenor of the Community Planning and Regeneration Committee said: “This is the chance the communities who missed out in 2018 have been asking for, so now is the time to act.

“Some of the areas that missed out last time needed just one more person to stand for election and represent their community – that’s how close it was – so it would be a shame if such a fine margin prevented their involvement again.

“I know first-hand the value of being a community Councillor, and hopefully these communities will seize the opportunity to submit fresh nominations and get involved in a truly vital element of local democracy.

“I’d also strongly encourage anybody considering standing to get their applications in well before the deadline in order to give election officers time to check everything is in order.”

Following today’s announcement, a notice of election will be published on Monday 28 January, triggering the Community Council election process.

Those wishing to stand are encouraged to submit their forms early, to ensure information can be processed in a timeous manner. The Council’s Democratic Services Team will be contacting all individuals who stood for these 12 Community Councils during the 2018 election process to provide a fresh nomination form, should they wish to stand again.

Nominees need a proposer and seconder who both must be on the electoral register and live in the same Community Council area.

Further information, including boundary maps and nomination forms, can be found online.

Nominations must be submitted by 8 February at 4pm. Withdrawals must be made by Tuesday, February 12 at 4pm.

Cllr Maureen Bennison, vice convenor of Community Planning added: “This is a fantastic opportunity for those who missed out before, or perhaps thought about standing but were too nervous or shy, to get a second chance and really make a difference in their communities.

“I’d urge anyone who’s thinking about throwing their hat in the ring to get their nomination form from the Council, get involved and make a stand for your community.”

The timetable for Community Council elections in 2019 is subject to change depending on the outcome of the ongoing Brexit negotiations, which may require resource from Stirling Council’s Democratic Services and Governance teams in the event of a General Election or Referendum.

Nomination packs will be available from Monday, 28 January.

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