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The role of community councils is to express the views of the community to local authorities and other public bodies, and to take action in the interests of its community.

Carmondean Community Council Election 2018

The council has received a petition which has been signed by more than 20 registered electors from the Carmondean area calling on it to take action to set a community council up for the area.

Nominations are now being sought from registered electors from the area who are interested in getting involved with the community council.  In order to join the community council, a valid nomination form must be received by the Returning Officer by 5pm on Thursday 8th March 2018.  The nomination form can be found under the related document section of this page.  Your name and address, as well as those of your proposer and seconder, must all appear in the register for the Carmondean Community Council area. 

In order to set a community council up in the area, a minimum of 4 valid nominations must be received by the deadline.  The council will be unable to establish the community council if less than 4 nomination forms are received.  If more than 18 nominations are received, a contested election may be necessary.

If you have any questions, please contact Lorraine McGrorty on 01506 281609.

About Community Councils

West Lothian Council is required by law to have a Scheme for the Establishment of Community Councils in its area.   However, community councils are not part of the council's structure - they are independent bodies who run their own affairs.

The council arranges the community council elections which take place every 4 years in September or October.  The last elections took place on 26 October 2017.   There is provision for 41 community councils in West Lothian, of which there are currently 34 in operation.  A list of the office bearers can be found in the related document section of this page.

The council provides basic annual grant funding and advice to community councils but what a community council does once it has been established, is a matter for each community council to determine.

In 1998, the West Lothian Association of Community Councils was set up.   The aim of the Association is to strengthen the identity of community councils across West Lothian.  Unfortunately, it ceased operating in January 2015 after it was unable to appoint a Chair at its AGM.  Any community council interested in setting the Association or such similar organisation back up should contact the Community Council Liaison Officer for advice.

The Community Council Liaison Officer is able to provide advice and assistance. The council's Liaison Officer is Lorraine McGrorty who is based at West Lothian Civic Centre in Livingston. Telephone 01506 281609 or e-mail lorraine.mcgrorty@westlothian.gov.uk.

Community Council Scheme and Supporting Information

The Scheme for Establishment of Community Councils in West Lothian sets out the basic rules which all community councils in West Lothian are expected to comply with.

Following extensive public consultation, a new scheme was adopted by the council on 24th February 2015.  It is supplemented by a Code of Conduct which all community councillors must abide by and a model constitution/ & standing orders which all community councils automatically adopt.

All of the documents can be found at the related documents section on this page.