West Lothian Council has started its 4-yearly process to elect around 300 community councillors to serve on all community councils across West Lothian for the next 4 years.
Community councils were set up to ascertain, co-ordinate and express the views of the communities they represent in relation to matters for which public authorities are responsible, and to take such action in the interests of their communities as appear to be expedient and practical.
Community councils act as a voice for their local areas. Community councillors are active members of the local communities they serve and provide an important link between their local communities and the council and many other public bodies. They have a formal place on the council’s Local Area Committees.
If you are interested in what is happening in your local area, why not become a community councillor and get involved in the issues that affect your local community? Community councils are consulted on a wide range of issues, including housing, highways, education, health, etc. They are statutory consultees on planning and must be kept informed about licensing issues.
Community councils must be non-political and anyone can stand for election regardless of background, gender or religion. The only criteria to becoming a community councillor is that you are aged 16 or over and your name and address, as well as those who propose and second your nomination, appears in the electoral register for the community council area.
If you are interested in getting involved you can download a nomination pack from www.westlothian.gov.uk/communitycouncils or contact the Community Council Liaison Officer on 01506 281609 or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org
Young people between the ages of 14-16 can also get involved as every community council is allowed to have four youth members. Youth members have full voting rights and can also hold certain office-bearer positions. A separate nomination form for youth members is available by contacting the Community Council Liaison Officer.
Nomination forms must be returned by 5pm on Thursday 2nd September 2021.
In any area where more nominations are received than there are places available, an election may be necessary. The date of these Elections will be Thursday 14th October 2021.