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Residents from the Falkirk Council area who have an interest in the wellbeing of their community are encouraged to stand in this year’s Community Council elections (13th and 14th December 2017).

Community Councils are made up of local people who represent the views of their community. They speak to local people about issues which affect them and share these views with the Council and other public bodies. On occasion, they also help to shape local policy and legislation.

Community councils meet in public at least nine times a year and get involved with:

  • Licensing and planning applications
  • Budget setting consultations
  • Fundraising
  • Running local events such as gala days.

Leader of Falkirk Council, Councillor Cecil Meiklejohn said: “Community Councils are at the heart of a community, and they play a valuable role in making important decisions for their local area.

“They are the most grass-roots level of local democracy, and we would encourage everyone who is interested to visit the Council's website and download an application form now.”

Currently there are 23 possible Community Councils across the Falkirk Council area.

Each Community Council has a membership level which must be met or else the Community Council cannot be formed.

To stand in a Community Council election you must be:

  • over 18
  • on the electoral register
  • living in the Community Council boundary area.

Nominations should be submitted by 4pm on Monday 13th November.