Ar­gyll and Bute re­views com­mu­nity coun­cils

Campbeltown Courier - - NEWS - Mark Davey and Han­nah O’Han­lon edi­tor@camp­bel­town­courier.co.uk

EAR­LIER this year Camp­bel­town Com­mu­nity Coun­cil en­cour­aged peo­ple to join and serve. Its plea was suc­cess­ful and three mem­bers were co-opted. Some com­mu­nity coun­cils are more ac­tive than others – mem­bers of the public of­ten go to East Kin­tyre and West Kin­tyre to make their views heard.

A com­mu­nity coun­cil is the first stage of democ­racy and will ad­vise on many mat­ters in­clud­ing plan­ning.

In ad­di­tion, with wind farm trusts now well es­tab­lished and of­ten run as coun­cil sub-com­mit­tees, there is of­ten cash to be dis­bursed. The Lo­cal Gov­ern­ment (Scot­land) Act 1973 re­quires each lo­cal author­ity to have in place a scheme for the es­tab­lish­ment of com­mu­nity coun­cils in its area.

The Act also states that coun­cils should re­view their scheme by giv­ing public no­tice of their pro­pos­als and invit­ing com­mu­nity coun­cils and the public to make rep­re­sen­ta­tion to the coun­cil re­gard­ing the pro­pos­als.

Against this back­ground Ar­gyll and Bute Coun­cil is re­view­ing its scheme for the es­tab­lish­ment of com­mu­nity coun­cils and has launched a con­sul­ta­tion to seek the views of the public.

There are 56 com­mu­nity coun­cils in Ar­gyll and Bute cov­er­ing the whole coun­cil ge­o­graph­i­cal area, rep­re­sent­ing ur­ban, ru­ral and island com­mu­ni­ties.

Coun­cil­lor Robin Currie, Ar­gyll and Bute Coun­cil’s Pol­icy Lead for Com­mu­ni­ties, said: ‘Com­mu­nity coun­cils play an ex­tremely im­por­tant role in lo­cal democ­racy by bridg­ing the gap be­tween the lo­cal author­ity and its com­mu­ni­ties.

‘The com­mu­nity coun­cils help to en­sure the coun­cil and other public agen­cies are aware of the opin­ions and needs of the com­mu­ni­ties it rep­re­sents.

‘The feed­back of the lo­cal peo­ple of Ar­gyll and Bute is ex­tremely im­por­tant in let­ting the coun­cil know if pro­pos­als for com­mu­nity coun­cils con­tinue to be fit for pur­pose.

‘Com­mu­nity coun­cils of­fer lo­cal peo­ple the op­por­tu­nity to make a dif­fer­ence in the place where they live, from or­gan­is­ing lo­cal galas or events, con­duct­ing lo­cal opin­ion sur­veys, cam­paign­ing on lo­cal is­sues, de­vel­op­ing projects to im­prove their lo­cal area and com­ment­ing on plan­ning or li­cens­ing ap­pli­ca­tions.

‘We look for­ward to hear­ing from our com­mu­ni­ties and find­ing out what mat­ters to them as the newly formed com­mu­nity coun­cils will rep­re­sent their col­lec­tive views for the next four years and it is im­por­tant that we have the frame­work in place to pro­vide for this.’

To com­ment go to the con­sul­ta­tion page on the coun­cil web­site - www.ar­gyll-bute.gov. uk/con­sul­ta­tions/ re­view- scheme-es­tab­lish­ment­com­mu­nity-coun­cils-2017

Con­sul­ta­tion doc­u­ments are also avail­able in the Aqual­ib­rium.

Forth­com­ing com­mu­nity coun­cil meet­ings in Kin­tyre are as fol­lows: East Kin­tyre: Septem­ber 7, 7pm, Car­radale vil­lage hall; West Kin­tyre: Septem­ber 18, 7.30pm, Tayin­loan vil­lage hall; Camp­bel­town: Septem­ber 12, 7.30pm, Red Cross hall; The Lag­gan: Novem­ber 13, 7.30pm, Drum­lem­ble pri­mary school; Southend: Septem­ber 27, 8pm, Du­naverty hall and Gigha was un­able to give the date of its next meeting, the Gigha Heritage Trust meets on Septem­ber 18.

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