COMMUNITY Council Nominations Open

13 January, 2024 | Local, Noticeboard

NOMINATIONS are now being accepted for people to represent their community council ahead of potential elections.

Candidates are being encouraged to put themselves forward to become a community councillor and help make a positive difference to where they live.

Inverclyde has 11 community councils: Gourock; Greenock Central; Greenock East; Greenock Southwest; Greenock West and Cardwell Bay; Holefarm and Cowdenknowes; Inverkip and Wemyss Bay; Kilmacolm and Quarrier’s Village; Larkfield, Braeside and Branchton; Port Glasgow East; and Port Glasgow West.

A minimum of five community councillors are needed for each to be able to legally form, with a maximum of between eight and 11, depending on the area and size of the population.

If there are more candidates than there are seats available in any of the areas, an election will be held.

Community councils are the third tier of government, bridging the gap between communities, council and national governments.

Councillor Paul Cassidy, Inverclyde Council’s community councils champion, said: “Only a fraction of our community councils are currently active and they do terrific work in their respective areas.

“But imagine how much more great work could be done if we had more representatives to help form more or all of them across Inverclyde.

“I know first-hand the positive impact community councils can have in delivering change and improvements for local areas and there has never been a better time for people to get involved and make a real difference to their community.”

Candidates have until Wednesday 7 February at 4pm to submit their nomination.

To submit a nomination, visit the Inverclyde Council website.

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