Craigmillar Community Council-Nominations

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Message from Dani Waddell, Link-Up Development Worker, Thistle Foundation

Nominations for Craigmillar Community Council opened this week and I am the Returning Officer.  Residents who are passionate about their area are invited to play an active role and helping everyone have their say on local issues. Community councils give local residents and community groups like youth forums, parent councils and student bodies more opportunities to influence what happens in their area. Members get involved in a wide range of activities, comment on planning and licensing applications. They take part in community campaigns and work with others to improve the local area. Community Councils are represented on each of the 12 Neighbourhood Partnerships where they work with Councillors, Police Scotland, Scottish Fire and Rescue Service, NHS Lothian and the Voluntary Sector to identify and deliver local priorities. Meetings are usually once a month and members get involved in a variety of issues. By joining your local community council you can make a real difference to your neighbourhood, meet new people, learn new skills and take action on issues raised by local residents. We are looking for people of all ages and from all walks of life to get involved.  Ideas, energy and enthusiasm are welcomed and the Council will provide support to get the best from being a community council member. The last development day was over-subscribed.  I would encourage anyone who’s interested in local democracy to get involved. People aged 16 years or older, and are registered to vote, can join. The nomination period for the community council elections runs until Monday 30 January 2017. Elections, where required, will take place on Thursday 23 February 2017. You can apply as an individual or as a local interest group, such as a Parent Council, Friends of Parks or sports club.  Nomination forms are available from me or on the City of Edinburgh Council’s website at www.edinburgh.gov.uk/communitycouncils or from me as returning officer. Since I flagged this up in a previous update, I had two brand new notes of interest in standing – which is very encouraging.  More about Portobello/Craigmillar Neighbourhood Partnership here: http://www.edinburghnp.org.uk/

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