Want to stand for community council?

Brechiners interested in joining the Brechin Community Council have until 4 pm on Monday, November 7 to forward their nominations and personal statements to the returning officer (community council elections) if they wish to be elected as a community councillor.

A petition signed by 30 local residents in the City of Brechin & District Community Council area was received by Angus Council requesting the to re-establish a community council, following the inability to establish one in October of last year due to lack of candidates.

Although 30 people signed the petition it does not commit them to standing for election and nomination forms will still be required to be completed by everyone interested in being a community councillor.

Nomination forms, which must be returned no later than 4 pm on November 7, can be obtained from the returning officer (community council elections) or by visiting www.angus.gov.uk/elections/brechincc/default.html

Candidates are able to withdraw their nomination up to 4 pm on Monday, November 14. Anyone who lives in the City of Brechin and District Community council area and is on the electoral roll can be nominated.

There are also places for people aged 16 to 18.

You do not need any special skills or experiences, just a passion for the community.

A spokesperson for Angus Council said: “If there are sufficient candidates to fill the 13 vacancies on the community council, there will be no contest and all candidates will be elected to serve. If there are more candidates than vacancies, a poll will be held from Monday 5 December 2011, and the count and declaration of results will take place on Monday 12 December 2011.”

For further information, contact the Angus Council election team on 01307 476060, elections@angus.gov.uk or visit www.angus.gov.uk/elections

On the evening of Monday, November 7 from 7 pm to 9 pm in the Cathedral Hall there will be an open meeting about community councils in Scotland.

Christine McNally from the association of Scottish Community Council will discuss the role of a community council, how they work and why we need community councils.

The meeting is open to all interested parties whether you are interested in becoming a community councillor or want to support your local community councillor.