Community Council Elections 2018
Archived news: published on Thursday 02 Aug 2018 by Fife Council
Fife’s Depute Returning Officer, Linda Bissett, intends to hold the next Community Council elections for the region on Thursday 4 October.
Anyone interested in standing as a candidate for their local Community Council will have to be registered to vote by 10 August. New electors should note that they are not registered to vote simply by completing and returning the recently circulated Household Enquiry Form, as part of the annual canvass, and should go online and register at www.gov.uk/register-to-vote
Community Council elections are held every four years in Fife, giving local people the opportunity to have a voice in their neighbourhoods. This year elections are scheduled for 4 October.
Fife currently has 85 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.
“Some Community Councils are more active than others and some areas don’t even have one. New blood is always needed if groups like this are to grow and develop.
"If you want to stand you must be 16 years old or over, be registered to vote and have lived in the community council area you want to stand in for at least a year.
"I would really like to see a Community Council in all 105 locations and would encourage anyone who is interested in being an independent advocate for their community to make sure they register to vote by 10 August so they can get involved in the upcoming elections.”
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 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.