Local people in Renfrewshire are being encouraged to use their voice and become a community councillor as the nomination period opens.

Elections must be held every four years to elect members to the area’s community councils, with the last elections taking place in 2019.

Nominations for the 2023 election opened on Monday and residents must declare their candidacy by no later than 15th September 2023.

Current community councillors are eligible to stand for re-election and must declare their candidacy by returning a nomination form before the closing date.

If a community council receives more nominations than there are places, then a ballot election will be held in the local area. If there are not enough nominations, then the community council will not re-establish and a further call out for nominations will take place – with anything in between meaning the candidates will be elected unopposed.

Renfrewshire Council Leader Iain Nicolson said: “Community councils are a fantastic way for local people to use their voice and become a leader within their community.

“I work closely with community councils across Renfrewshire to harness their local knowledge and ensure that we are doing all we can for our neighbourhoods, so I would encourage anyone with an interest in making positive changes to where they live to put themselves forward.”

Nomination forms must be filled out fully, include a proposer and seconder who are residents of the area and are listed on the Voters’ Roll, and be signed in ink by all parties.

Forms returned incomplete, unsigned or without a valid proposer and seconder will not be accepted and neither will forms received after the deadline.

For more information and to download a nomination form, visit www.renfrewshire.gov.uk/communitycouncils.

By Ricky Kelly

Main writer for Renfrewshire News

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