Deadline looms for Aberdeen Community Council nominations

Aberdeen residents keen to get involved in their local Community Council are being urged to get in touch before nominations close this week.

Aberdeen City Council is holding elections to its 30 Community Council areas this year and nominations can be lodged until 4pm on Thursday [20 September].

Anyone applying between now and the deadline is urged to supply a telephone number so their application can be processed as quickly as possible.

If council election officers require clarification on any applicant's details and they cannot get in touch with them before the deadline, their nomination paper could be invalid.

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.

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."

For nomination forms or additional information contact or visit:

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

• Main reception desks at the Town House and Marischal College

• Central Library, Rosemount Viaduct and all branch libraries under Community Councils in the A to Z index