MODEL SCHEME OF ESTABLISHMENT FOR COMMUNITY COUNCILS
Please find attached DRAFT Scheme of Establishment for consultation. As you will see the proposed new Scheme, which is based upon the Scottish Model Scheme, is significantly different from the current Scheme which was introduced in 2007. The aim of introducing a Model Scheme is to promote consistency across all Community Councils and provide a common minimum basic framework governing their creation and operation.
The review process is based upon the Scottish Government Good Practice Guidance Document and is undertaken in three phases.
Phase 1. Will ask Community Councils and the public to review any issues regarding Areas and Composition. This will give you the opportunity to put forward amendments to boundaries and issues such as minimum/maximum number of members, residency requirements, representative nature of members etc. This phase will commence on 1st September 2014 and will last 8 weeks. During September, Officers from the Short Life Working Group will be meeting with Community Council Forums in each of the six areas in order to advise and answer any questions about the review process.
Phase 2. Once the Council have considered proposed amendments from Phase 1 and agreed a draft amended scheme, a further 8 week period of consultation based upon the full scheme and associated documentation will commence on 26th January 2015. Officers from the Short Life Working Group will be meeting with Community Council Forums in each of the six areas in order to advise and answer any questions about this phase of the review process.
Phase 3. Once the Council have considered proposed amendments from Phase 2 and agreed a final draft amended scheme, a further 4 week period of consultation based upon the full scheme and associated documentation will commence on 4th May 2015 if deemed necessary.
It is aimed to have the new Scheme coming into effect, no later than 3rd August 2015.
As mentioned above, phase 1 of the consultation process will focus upon the Area and composition of Community Councils.
Questions you might like to consider are:
- Is your Community Council Boundary still fit for purpose? e.g. are there recent residential and/or commercial developments which straddle boundaries?
- Are there any plans for future residential and/or commercial developments which may overlap boundaries?
- Have there been significant demographic variations since the boundaries were last reviewed which could impact upon the work of the Community Council?
In relation to the composition of Community Councils:
- Are the proposals under Section 5 ‘Membership of Community Councils’ sufficiently clear?
- Are the number of members proposed under schedule 1 appropriate for the work your Community Council undertakes?
- Is the eligibility criteria under Section 7.1 sufficiently transparent?
When considering your response, at this stage, we would particularly welcome comments on the following sections:
4. Community Council Areas within Local Authority Areas
5. Membership of Community Councils
7.7 Co-option to Community Councils
8. Additional Membership