Kirkcowan – What's Going On?

Coming Soon – Your Community Council Elections!

Community Council Elections for the return of all Community Councils across Dumfries and Galloway will take place on Thursday, 3 October 2019. 

Community Council Elections

As the most local tier of elected representation in Scotland, Community Councils play a key role in local decision-making by advising, influencing and advocating on behalf of their local  communities.  They are there to encourage and facilitate consultation with their local community and to listen to and act on the views of local people.

Dumfries and Galloway Council is committed to ensuring that our local people and communities are at the heart of our decision-making and are keen to work closely with Community Councils to make our communities better places to live.

This is your opportunity to become involved and to make difference and we encourage you to submit your nomination.

Nominations will be open from Tuesday, 13 August 2019 until 5pm on Tuesday 3 September 2019.

If there are more nominations than places on the Community Council an election ballot will be held in that area on Thursday, 3 October 2019.

Anyone applying for nomination to the council, can get their electoral number from D&G council.

Nomination forms are available from the council website (Link Above),
or by calling 030 33 33 3000

How to get involved

There are different ways to get involved in your local community council:

  • attend your community council’s regular public meetings
  • email your local community council or visit their website
  • become a community council member

Strengthening Community Councils

A recently published, detailed report carried out by the Scottish Community Development Centre (SCDC) and What Works Scotland (WWS) on strengthening Community Councils to have a key role taking forward ideas around community empowerment and democratic renewal in Scotland.  Some of the recommendations include:-

  • Local Authorities, in collaboration with Scottish Government, to put in place resources to improve Community Councils’ capacity to meet local needs
  • Strengthening/enhancing Community Council powers
  • Support is needed with empowerment, training, capacity building, resources, networking and promotion
  • Regular point of contact for local authority and other agencies
  • Compensation schemes implemented to support community councillors with accessibility, travel, caring responsibilities and loss of earnings
  • New measures for Community Council membership to increase diversity
  • Scottish Government conduct a publicity campaign to raise awareness of Community Councils