Community Councils – Of the people, by the people, for the people

 

News from Angus Council – 

Angus is home to 25 Community Councils.

They are a focal point for their community and represent residents’ views, opinions, concerns and wishes to the local authority – Angus Council.

Community Councils make a wide range of activities possible and promote the well-being of local people. They bring local people together to help make things happen locally. Many of them work tirelessly to protect and promote the identity of their community.

They advise, petition, influence and advocate numerous causes and concerns on behalf of their neighbours and townspeople.

Community councils in Angus have and continue to –

•             Carry out projects to enhance their community for people of all ages and background, including the elderly, young people, single mums, minority groups, and others.

•             Deliver community newsletters and distribute notices.

•             Carry out local surveys (Local Development Plan).

•             Campaign on local issues.

•             Highlight infrastructure issues such as potholes, dropped kerbs.

•             Organise community events at all times of the year.

At their best Community Councils are brilliant.

But it’s no secret that some need support as they face challenges that include attracting enough volunteers, which in turn makes it harder to engage with their communities. Sadly, Aberlemno and Friockheim have no community councils operating at present because not enough people have volunteered.

As part of our efforts to develop and support our community councils, we are carrying out an Angus Community Councils survey to gather information about what people think about their community council, the influences and barriers that they think exist around it and, hopefully a bit about themselves.

The findings of the survey will inform ongoing work into the sustainability, reach and impact of community councils in Angus.

The survey is live now and available until Monday 12 April.

We hope that people take time to take part. Their views matter.

A Community Council is a voluntary organisation set up by statute by the Local Authority and run by local residents to act on behalf of its area. As the most local tier of elected representation, Community Councils play an important role in local democracy.

This official status provides them with the strongest platform for local people to get involved in local matters. They can provide a good understanding of the workings of local government and what is going on locally and nationally.

Community engagement, planning and partnership is and will continue to play an increasing role in the co-delivery of local services. The roles played by people’s community councils will be more important than ever.

Angus Council asks that people take time to contribute their thoughts and opinions to this important survey. The Community Planning Team is staffing a dedicated helpline between 10am to 12 midday (Monday to Friday) for anyone requiring assistance with the survey. The number is 01307 492040.

See more details about community councils on our website.

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