Still time to sign up for Community Council elections

Nominations are still being welcome for Aberdeen City Council's election to its 30 Community Council areas later this year.

Community Councils are elected to represent a particular area and to be a bridge between that community and the City Council and other public authorities.

Their purpose is to give local people a say in matters such as local service delivery and other issues affecting daily life. Community Councils are consulted on planning and licensing matters. The City Council also involves Community Councils in the community planning process and in many public consultation exercises.

Some Community Councils also promote local activities such as a community newsletter, environmental projects, gala days and fundraising events.

Aberdeen City Council holds Community Council elections every three years. Nominations this year can be lodged until 4pm on Thursday, September 20.

Aberdeen City Council's Community Council Liaison Officer Karen Riddoch said: "We are really keen to get people involved both by standing for nomination and by voting if there is a poll in their area. Being a Community Councillor allows local people to act as a bridge between their community and public authorities, giving their area a say in local service delivery and other matters that affect them.

"Aberdeen City Council is committed to strengthening local democracy and community involvement. Your local community is important and when it comes to tackling the big issues that affect it, you do not have to be just a spectator.

"Becoming a Community Councillor in Aberdeen gives you the opportunity to play a vital role in decision making. You do not need any special skills and anyone who lives in the Community Council area and is on the electoral roll can get involved.

"Nomination papers can be lodged with the Election Unit now. It is helpful to get them in early but they must be lodged no later than 4pm, Thursday, September 20."

An information session for prospective Community Councillors will be held in the Council Chamber of the Town House tomorrow [September 05] from 6pm.

Council officers and past and present representatives of Community Councils will give presentations on the role of a Community Councillor, the election process and financing a Community Council. Each presentation will last approximately 15 minutes and there will be opportunities for questions throughout the evening.

For more information or to register for the event please contact Karen Riddoch on 01224 522723 or email kariddoch@aberdeencity.gov.uk

Nomination forms for the elections will be available from:

• The Election Unit, 3rd Floor, Town House, Broad Street, Aberdeen AB10 1FY. Tel: 01224 523501 or email: elections@aberdeencity.gov.uk

• Main reception desks at the Town House and Marischal College

• Central Library, Rosemount Viaduct and all branch libraries

• www.aberdeencity.gov.uk under Community Councils in the A to Z index