September the 2nd marks the start of the “nomination period” for community councils throughout Edinburgh.
This is a chance for you to put yourself forwards – either as a local resident – or as a representative of a community group – for membership of a local community council.
You don’t need any special skills – but you do need to have some volunteer time to give. Community councils meet roughly monthly to deliberate on the issues of the day, and if you become a CC member you may find yourself roped into other Neighbourhood Partnership meetings and events too.
Leith Harbour and Newhaven Community Council has no regularly maintained website as far as we’re aware.
You may find it surprising that any community council has no regularly maintained website, but it is actually LCC and LLCC that are the anomalies by having a decent website according to this research.
If enough people put themselves up for membership of their local community council then an election will take place. Sadly, this almost never happens, but we live in hope, as any community council would undoubtedly have more clout if its members had actually been elected.
So, if you are interested in joining your local community council – and Greener Leith would encourage you to consider it – then this is what you need to do.
- Work out which community council covers your neighbourhood using this map.
- Find two neighbours to nominate you and get them to fill out this form, if you’re standing as an individual.
- If you want to represent a community group at the CC, then you need to use this form.
- Then you need to send your completed form to the returning officer for that community council. You can find details of the returning officer for each community council here.
Needless to say, all the forms are provided in pdf format, so you will need to print them off, fill them out and scan them back into your computer so that you can email them to the returning officer.
A cynic might consider this as a test to make sure you have access and the skills to use the technical equipment required to be a community councillor!
However, if any of that presents a difficulty we’re pretty sure that any of the existing Leith community councillors or the returning officers would be happy to help you. They’re generally a nice bunch of folk.
Lastly, if you’d like to find out more about what being a community councillor entails, you could try reading this post by Greener Leith Chair Charlotte Encombe, who is also a member of Leith Central Community Council.