Alastair Majury on Dunblane Community Council Consultation Letter

My letter to the Editor

That they use their members to establish general community views on most matters, using their networks (physical and virtual), as appropriate, as well as considering the evidence presented and otherwise available, on specific issues, taking a reasonable and proportionate approach.

The Role and Responsibilities of Community Councils The general purpose of Community Councils is to act as a voice for their local area. This will involve them articulating the views and concerns of local people in their area on a wide range of issues of public concern and making representations to their local authority, other public sector bodies and private agencies on matters within their sphere of interest.

It is essential that these views be demonstrated to be accurately representative of the community. Accordingly, the Community Council will have in place, in consultation with the Council and other key stakeholders/partners, recognised consultative mechanisms to validate their views and devise strategies to secure greater involvement by all sectors of the community. Community Councils have a statutory right to be consulted on planning applications.

Licensing matters and any other matters may also be jointly agreed between Community Councils, the Council and other public sector and private agencies.

‘’In addition to any other purpose which a Community Council may pursue, the general purpose of a Community Council shall be to ascertain, co-ordinate and express to the local authorities for its area, and to public authorities, the views of the community 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’’

Service to the Community As a Community Councillor you have a duty to act in the interests of the local community, which you have been elected or nominated to represent. You also have a duty to act in accordance with the remit of the Council’s Scheme for the Establishment of Community Councils, as set out by Stirling Council (“the Council”) under the terms of the Local Government (Scotland) Act 1973.

You have a duty to establish and reflect, through the Community Council, the views of the community as a whole, on any issue, irrespective of personal opinion.

You should ensure that you are, within reason, accessible to your local community and local residents. Various mechanisms to allow the general community to express their views, i.e. suggestion boxes, community surveys, opinion polls should, where possible, be made available

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