Community Council Elections: nominations welcome

posted 1 Sep 2009, 07:34 by South Edinburgh Net Admin
The nomination period for Edinburgh’s 41 Community Councils starts on Monday 31 August. If you want to have your say on local issues, now is the time to get involved.

Community Councils are groups of volunteers who care about their community and want to make their area a better place to live. They play an important role in local democracy by representing the views of the community to a range of organisations, including the Council, Police, Scottish Government and NHS Lothian.  Nominations are welcome from individuals or groups.

Community Councils give local residents a chance to influence what happens in their area.  Meetings are held usually once a month and members get involved in a wide range of issues.   Recent activities include campaigning to save the local post office, improving facilities at the local park, consulting on parking proposals and organising community clean ups.

Cllr Jenny Dawe, Leader of the Council said:
“If there is anything at all that you would like addressed in your local area, I would urge you to get in touch with your Community Council - they can make a real difference."

The nomination period for the Community Council elections runs between August 31 and September 14. Elections, if required, will take place on October 15.

Nomination forms for membership of your community council are available from your returning officer and on the Council’s website from 31 August.  A list of Returning Officers and nomination forms are available at www.edinburgh.gov.uk/communitycouncils. For further information about individual community councils and a map of each area visit www.edinburghnp.org.uk.
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