Community Council Review Stage 2

Closed 8 Sep 2017

Opened 30 Jun 2017

Feedback Updated 16 Jan 2018

We Asked

We asked you to suggest content for a new Scheme, which includes boundaries, membership, elections, meetings, exchange of information with Clackmannanshire Council and resourcing.

 

You Said

Responses showed that people are happy that community councillors should be elected and are happy with the current method of election.  There was very little suport for allowing community councils to conduct elections themselves but there was support for the introduction of top-up elections.

Respondents put forward arguments for reinstating the provision for co-option as a means of filling vacancies quickly so as to maintain numbers and productivity.

There were various suggestions for meeting etiquette to improve involvement.

There was general support for a Complaints Procedure and for the current guiding principles.

We Did

We will continue with Council-run regular elections for community councils and the Council will organise top-up elections.  We will reinstate the provision for co-opting members to fill places left vacant by a community councillor who was elected at a regular, interim or top-up election.

We were convinced by responses arguing that involving residents is already in the Scheme so we don't propose to add any provisions to the Scheme to shape meeting format.

We will examine options for an enforceable Complaints Procedure but as it will require careful dialogue and time, will not add it to the Scheme at this stage.

We will consider respondents' suggestions for guiding principles.

Results Updated 16 Jan 2018

We have combined the responses from both questionnaires and added our comments and conclusions in the Summary below.

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Overview

The general purpose of a community council is to

  • ascertain, co-ordinate and express to the local authorities for its area the views of the communities which it represents in relation to matters for which those authorities are responsible, and to
  • take such action in the interests of that community as appears to it to be expedient and practicable.

Community Councils have a statutory role in the planning process, in relation to both development planning and planning applications.

Community Councils are competent objectors to applications for premises licences and occasional licences for premises within their area.

In addition to this, they also play an important role in

  • Promoting the well-being of the communities they represent.
  • Fostering community spirit
  • Informing the communities they represent of matters of public concern, and
  • Safeguarding and improving the amenities of the Community Council area

Why We Are Consulting

Clackmannanshire's community councils work within a framework governing how residents establish  community councils in the first place and certain aspects of how those community councils then operate. The governing framework, called the Scheme for the Establishment of Community Councils,  sets out common parameters within which they should operate to ensure they maintain standards of democracy in keeping with their function.

Although at a local level residents already have scope to determine much of how their community council goes about its business on a day-to-day basis, we feel the current framework could be amended to better suit modern attitudes to community representation and to reinforce the scope for self-determination.

We are asking people to comment on the document containing these broader aspects of how community councils operate which all community councils should have in common.

This is the second stage of the statutory consultation to review the governing framework.

If you prefer to focus only on the key consultation aspects of the document, go back to the previous page and choose the 'Key Aspects' questionnaire, or use the link at the end of this questionnaire.

What Happens Next

This is the second stage of this consultation exercise.  The outcome of this stage will be reported to Clackmannanshire Council at the end of 2018 before the final stage begins.

Areas

  • All Areas

Audiences

  • All groups

Interests

  • Election and democracy