Community Council Elections 2019
Archived news: published on Tuesday 20 Nov 2018 by Fife Council
Community Council Elections 2019 - get involved!
Fife’s Depute Returning Officer, Linda Bissett, intends to hold a fresh round of Community Council elections on Thursday 21 March, 2019. This will include the St Andrews Community election which was deferred from the original date of 4 October.Alongside elections for those areas that submit a petition to establish a Community Council where there isn’t an active community council .
There are currently no active Community Councils in the following areas:
- Auchmuty & Woodside
- Bennochy & Hayfield
- Boarhills & Dunino
- Carnbee & Arncroach
- Carnock & Gowkhall
- Coaltown of Wemyss
- Izatt Avenue & Netherton
- Kirkcaldy East
- Kirkcaldy North
- South Parks & Rimbleton
- West Wemyss
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 Friday 18 January, 2019 at the latest. A template petition is available to download from www.fifedirect.org.uk/communitycouncils Petitions have already been submitted for Cairneyhill, Lochgelly and Strathkinness.
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 79 active Community Councils out of a potential 105. And Linda Bissett is keen to encourage more people to make a real difference in their local areas.
Linda 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 run by local 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.