The time has come around for putting your name forward if you want to be a community councillor in Orkney. But what are community councils? And are they important?
A community councillor is a voluntary role unlike our Orkney Islands councillors who are paid. Community Councils are part of the council structure, right at the front line and dealing with the issues that affect you in your parish. Some are more active than others and that really depends on who is elected onto them and how much time they are able to devote to their role.
Across Scotland community councils have been active in a number of areas:
- Carrying out projects to enhance their community for all types of citizens – elderly, single mothers, minority groups, youths etc.
- Issuing community newsletters
- Conducting local surveys
- Campaigning on local issues
- Organising community events (such as local galas)
Although the community councillors are not paid the councils themselves can and do apply for funding to carry out vital work in their local areas.
OIC’s Head of Executive Support, Karen Greaves, said:
“Community Councils play an important role in local democracy by representing local views which can influence decisions in the planning and provision of local services.”
“The Community Councils provide an effective, strong voice within each community area, offering sound local advice on a range of community issues. I hope that local people will give some thought to putting themselves forward to represent their communities.”
If you would like to put yourself forward as a community councillor contact:
- the Democratic Services team at Orkney Islands Council by phoning 01856 886622 or emailing firstname.lastname@example.org.
- Forms are also available on the Elections section of the Orkney Islands Council website www.orkney.gov.uk.
Closing date for nominations: 5pm on Monday 4 September
Eday, Flotta, North Ronaldsay & Papay
As islands with a voting population of fewer than 150, voters will be asked to write on their ballot papers the names of the individuals they wish to represent them. Up to 7 people can be listed.
The ballot papers will be issued on 11th September with the results declared on 28th September.
If you want to find out what goes on at your community council there is a list of their meeting dates and past minutes on the OIC website.
Reporter: Fiona Grahame