Community Council Elections 2019 - make sure you're registered!

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Published: Monday 22 Jul 2019 by Fife Council

Fife’s Depute Returning Officer (DRO) intends to hold a fresh round of elections on Thursday 3 October for those areas that don’t currently have a Community Council, should residents submit a petition to re-establish one.

Petitions have already been received from Blairhall and Coaltown of Wemyss.

There are currently no active Community Councils in the following areas:
 

Community Council Area committee Main ward number
Auchmuty & Woodside Glenrothes 15
Bennochy & Hayfield Kirkcaldy 11
Carnbee & Arncroach North East Fife 19
Carnock & Gowkhall South West Fife 1
Collessie North East Fife 16
Crombie South West Fife 5
Glenwood Glenrothes 13
Headwell City of Dunfermline 2
Izatt Avenue & Netherton City of Dunfermline 3
Kirkcaldy East Kirkcaldy 12
Kirkcaldy North Kirkcaldy 10
Largoward North East Fife 19
Methilhill Levenmouth 22
Moonzie North East Fife 16
South Parks & Rimbleton Glenothes 13
Templehall Kirkcaldy 10
West Wemyss Levenmouth 22

 

If anyone is interested in re-establishing any of these Community Councils, they will need to organise a petition and get it signed by 20 electors (people who are on the electoral register) from the community council area. This should be submitted to Fife Council by 5pm, Monday 12 August at the latest. A template petition is available to download from www.fifedirect.org.uk/communitycouncils

Anyone who would like to stand as a candidate and/or vote in any potential Community Council elections should be registered to vote by 4pm on Friday 9 August. You can register to vote at www.gov.uk/register-to-vote

Community Council elections are generally held every four years in Fife, giving local people the opportunity to have a voice in their neighbourhoods.

Fife currently has 87 active Community Councils out of a potential 105. And Morag Ferguson, Head of Legal & Democratic Services is keen to encourage more people to make a real difference in their local areas.

Morag Ferguson, DRO, commented: “Community Councils are an important part of giving our communities a voice.  They can provide Councillors and statutory bodies with the grassroots viewpoint and opinions that are essential to shaping services and making decisions about issues that matter to local people.

“New blood is always needed if groups like this are to grow and develop.

“For those areas wishing to re-establish their Community Council and looking to organise a petition I would remind them that when speaking to local people it would be worthwhile making sure that some of them would be willing to take on the roles of office-bearer, that is Chair, Vice-Chair, Secretary and Treasurer as this has occasionally been a problem in the past.”

A Community Council is a voluntary organisation set up by statute by the Local Authority – in this case Fife Council. The local authority is responsible for running the elections and dealing with the notification of election, nomination papers and the results. The Community Council is runby residents to act on behalf of its area. As the most local tier of elected representation, Community Councils play an important role in local democracy.

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