The Scheme for the Establishment of Community Councils (the Scheme) sets out the framework and rules by which community councils in West Dunbartonshire operate, hold their meetings and roles and responsibilities of community councillors.
The council must periodically review the Scheme to allow for updates and to improve it. During 2021 a review has been undertaken to update the current Scheme, working with existing community councils, Community Council Forum and active community groups in areas where there are no community councils at present.
The Review has considered the content of the Scheme, taking account of changes in legislation and the current boundaries for community councils. A draft Scheme and Handbook have been developed along with a new draft Model constitution and standing orders and these are currently out for consultation (see below).
The process is laid out in legislation and involves 3 stages of consultation before the finalised Scheme is presented for approval with reports to council and public notices published at each stage as well as consultation by various methods.
Timescales for the Review of the Scheme
The Scheme is usually reviewed every four - five years prior to Community Council elections.
The Scheme review was due to take place in 2020 but was delayed due to Covid-19. Consultation timescales have also been extended to allow for some of the challenges of consulting digitally.
Current Scheme of Establishment Community Councils
The notice for the third stage of consultation published in March 2022 is available in the public notice section.
The public consultation will take place over 3 stages.
- The first report to Special council meeting was submitted in February 2021.
- Scottish Community Development Centre were appointed to assist with the consultation
- The consultation has been carried out in line with the West Dunbartonshire Community Empowerment Strategy.
- Stage 1 (March – June 2021) the report on the first phase of consultation.
- The first stage of the public consultation is used to inform the production of an amended draft Scheme.
- Second report to Special council on 26th August 2021
- The first consultation included meetings with individual community councils and other community groups or former community councillors in areas where there were no CCs.
- There was also consultation on CC boundaries and proposals identified for further consultation. A Stronger voices group was established for the purpose of the consultation including representatives from CC Forum, Equalities Forum and other representative groups in West Dunbartonshire.
- Stage 2 (August – December 2021) the consultation report is available on the WDCCMIS website.
- This stage of consultation included further meetings with individual community councils, a session with the Community Council Forum and meetings of the Stronger voices group. Also further discussion on boundary proposals has taken place.
- A draft Scheme, Handbook, Draft constitution and Standing orders were developed for consultation and can be found on the Scottish Community Development Centre website.
- As part of the second stage of consultation town hall events were held on 15 & 17 November. Details can be found on the Scottish Community Development Centre website.
- The third report to Special council meeting on 23rd February is available on the WDCCMIS website.
- The revised draft of the Scheme is available on the Scottish Community Development website.
- Stage 3 consultation will take place from 8 March until 5 April 2022. This includes a consultation on proposals for changes to community council boundaries. You can contribute by completing the consultation form.
- A final version of the Scheme will be presented to Council after this stage at a special Council meeting on 25 May 2022.
Community Council elections are expected to be held in October 2022, this has been delayed due to local elections in May 2022.
For information about the review please contact firstname.lastname@example.org.
Further information can also be found on Scottish Community Development Centre website.