Community Council Elections October 2019 - Get involved!
Published: Monday 29 Jul 2019 by Fife Council
Community Council elections 3 October 2019
FIFE Council’s Co-Leaders, Councillors David Alexander and David Ross are calling on Fifers to get more involved in their local communities by standing for election in any of the potential upcoming Community Council elections.
Fife’s Depute Returning Officer (DRO) Morag Ferguson, intends to hold a fresh round of elections on Thursday 3 October 2019 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 for Blairhall and Coaltown of Wemyss.
There are currently no Community Councils in the following areas:
|Community Council||Committee area||Main ward number|
|Aucmuthy & 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|
|Headwell||City of Dunfermline||2|
|Izatt Avenue & Netherton||City of Dunfermline||3|
|Largoward||North East Fife||19|
|Moonzie||North East Fife||16|
|South Parks & Rimbleton||Glenrothes||13|
Fife currently has 87 active Community Councils out of a potential 105. And both Councillors are keen to encourage more people to make a real difference in their local areas.Elections are generally held every four years in Fife, giving local people the opportunity to have a voice in their neighbourhoods.
Councillor Alexander commented: “Community Councils are an important part of giving our communities a voice. They can provide us, as 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.
“Some Community Councils are more active than others and new blood is always needed if groups like this are to make a difference.
Councillor Ross added: “If you want to stand you must be 16 years old or over, be on the electoral roll for, and live in the community council area you want to stand in.
“I would encourage anyone who is interested in being an independent advocate for the communities where elections are taking place to come forward and stand as a candidate.”
If you’re interested in re-establishing any of these Community Councils, you’ll 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 If you’re interested in becoming a member of a Community Council, nomination papers are also available from here and should be returned to the Council by no later than 4pm on Friday 9 August.
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
For more information visit www.fifedirect.org.uk/communitycouncils or contact the Returning Officer, Fife Council, North Street, Glenrothes, Fife, KY7 5LT, phone 03451 55 55 55 ext. 442176.
Tel: 03451 55 55 11 Contact Electoral Registration online
By Post: Fife House North Street Glenrothes Fife KY7 5LT
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