Nominations needed for watchdog group

Councillor Mary Montague
Councillor Mary Montague

Residents who care about local issues are being urged to get involved in the new Broom, Kirkhill and Meanskirk Community Council.

But it will only be set up if enough nominations are received.

Recent changes to how community councils operate are said to be making it easier for people to play an active role in improving their community.

Nominations are open to anyone who is 16 or over and on the electoral registe, and the deadline is Tuesday, December 20.

Community councils typically meet once a month for a couple of hours and have a legal right to be consulted on a number of important local issues.

They are also a direct link between local people and the council, NHS, police, fire service and other public bodies.

Each community council receives a small amount of money from the council to operate and to influence what happens in their local area.

They give their views on everything from new housing plans to alcohol licensing applications and crime, and often campaign on specific issues, run local events and support good causes.

Councillor Mary Montague, East Renfrewshire convener for community services and community safety, said: “We’re looking for people from all walks of life.

“All you need are ideas, energy and enthusiasm and we will provide as much support as you need to get the best from being a community representative.”

As part of the nomination process candidates need to submit a personal statement of up to 250 words in support of their nomination.

Candidates also need a proposer and seconder – you can’t nominate yourself – who must stay in the relevant neighbourhood area.

Anyone interested in finding out more should email vincent.mcculloch@eastrenfrewshire.gov.uk or call 0141 577 4645.

Nominations forms can also be downloaded from www.eastrenfrewshire.gov.uk/6593.