So far in the Community Council elections that began in April, 22 of Stirling’s 42 Community Councils received the required number of nominees to reconvene or form a new Community Council.
Nomination papers can now be submitted for the remaining 20 Community Councils. Most residents who are at least 16, live within the community they want to represent and are registered on the electoral roll can stand for election in the following areas:
- Port of Menteith
- Balquhidder, Lochearnhead and Strathyre
- Bridge of Allan
- Carron Valley & District
- Hillpark & Milton
- Mercat Cross & City Centre
- Thornhill & Blair Drummond
'Giving a voice to local residents'
Stirling Council Leader, Chris Kane, said: “The Community Council Vacancy Elections are an opportunity for communities who have not received enough nominations to convene a Community Council.
“I cannot emphasise enough how big a role Community Councils play in giving a voice to local residents who wish to make a difference in their area. If you have ever found yourself wanting to make your voice heard on matters that affect you or your neighbours, please consider putting yourself forward.”
Community Councils are the most local tier of elected representatives for residents. They represent local people, advocate for their neighbourhood and work in collaboration with others to improve services.
Community Councils are involved in a variety of activities and issues including planning and licensing applications and can support local initiatives by securing funding and sharing expertise.
Cllr Kane added: “Serving as a Community Councillor is an incredibly rewarding experience – please don’t miss out on this chance.”
Once memberships have been elected, Stirling Council will support inaugural meetings of each Community Council. For more information on Community Councils and becoming a Community Councillor visit the webpage here or contact: firstname.lastname@example.org .
The timeline for the 2023 Community Council Vacancy elections is as follows:
- 22 May: publication of Notice of Election
- 07 June: nominations to be submitted (no later than 4pm)
- 12 June: nominations to be withdrawn (no later than 4pm)