What is the purpose of a Community Council?
Their role is to gather in an active way the views of their communities in terms
of local issues, needs and wishes and to convey those views to us. Community Councils
should always act in a non-political and non-sectarian manner.
How do they convey the communities' views to the Council?
Community Councils are consulted on planning and licensing applications affecting
their area. They are also sent a wide range of consultative documents from us and
other bodies. They hold their meetings in public to hear and discuss the views of
the community and call special meetings in order to gather the views of their
community on major issues. They may also take an active role in community events
and heritage preservation.
How many Community Councils are there?
Out of a possible 23, there are
18 currently in operation.
How are the Community Councils made up?
They are elected (either opposed or unopposed) with the balance (approximately one
third) coming from nominees from local organisations. This is to try and ensure
as wide a cross-section of community representatives as possible.
When are Community Council elections held?
Elections are held every four years.
How do you stand for Community Council election?
Nomination forms are available from all Council One-Stop Shops, Libraries, Registration
Offices and the Election Office, Municipal Buildings. Candidates require to be registered
voters in the community concerned and to have their nomination endorsed by a proposer,
seconder and two assentors, all of whom must also be voters registered in the community.
How do the Community Council elections work?
If there are more candidates than places in any Community Council, an election by
postal vote will be held. Candidates’ statements (and photographs, if chosen) will
be distributed with the ballot papers. Voters will be able to choose a number of
candidates up to the number of elected members required.
If the number of candidates equals the number of places, we will declare the candidates
duly elected and a Community Council will be formed.
If there are fewer candidates than places, we will exercise our discretion
as to whether or not a Community Council is formed or the election is suspended
to a later date.
What support will I receive as a new Community Councillor?
If you are appointed to a Community Council that was active at the time of the last
election, you can count on the support of those Councillors who may have served
for some time.
Following the elections, a welcome event for all our Community Councillors will
arranged. It is also the intention to provide a series of training evenings which
will be open to all Community Councils. Each Community Council can apply for a grant
from us which is used to cover administration costs. Further information will be
provided on this and other possible avenues for funding at one of the training sessions.