Community Council Review Stage 3

Closed 8 Mar 2018

Opened 17 Jan 2018

Feedback Updated 13 Apr 2018

We Asked

We asked for final comments on the content and wording of a proposed new Scheme to ensure it is clear and fit for purpose.

You Said

The provision for more frequent elections would be a distraction from core community council business, but that community councils should still be able to replace members who leave and recruit to fill vacancies within the election cycle as long as safeguards were in place to ensure democratic legitimacy.

We Did

We re-worded some of the text for clarity without changing the principle. 

We removed the provision for top-up elections and amended the provision for elections which community councils can request when their numbers drop. 

We added a clause to the provision for co-option to require community councils to  publicise in advance the procedure for co-option as well as the intention to co-opt to replace a member who has left.

Results Updated 13 Apr 2018

Final comments and a proposed new Scheme were presented to Council at its meeting on the 12th of April 2018. The proposed new Scheme was adopted and comes into force immediately.

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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 third 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 'Final Proposals' questionnaire, or use the link at the end of this questionnaire.

What Happens Next

This is the third stage of this consultation exercise.  The outcome of this stage will be reported to Clackmannanshire Council in April 2018.

Areas

  • All Areas

Audiences

  • All groups

Interests

  • Election and democracy