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Community Council Review - Phase 3 Consultation

Issued: 22 Nov 2010

The Highland Council is launching the third and final phase of consultation on a major review of Community Councils. This seeks final comments on a proposed new Scheme for Community Councils, including a model constitution, standing orders and code of conduct for Community Councillors.

The consultation, which runs until 31st January, also provides the opportunity for communities to further consider any potential boundary changes, which featured in the first and second phases of public consultation.

21 proposed boundary amendments emerged from the first phase of consultation and a further 17 from the second phase of consultation. Following phase two consultation, 5 were recommended for further discussion locally during phase three of the consultation process.

Councillor Sandy Park, Council Convener, said: "Community Councils play a vital role in communities across Highland and in the democratic process. I would encourage the public to have their say on the documentation and urge Community Councils to respond and discuss the content with their communities."

The public and community councils are urged to consider the draft documentation and comment upon it. There are a variety of mechanisms through which to respond including post, email and via the Council's website www.highland.gov.uk/NR/exeres/B89F343B-6232-42F8-BA01-9E45A8DE44 AC.htm?NRMODE=Unpublished&wbc_purpose=Basic&WBCMODE=PresentationUnpublis hed . Discussions will also be held at some Ward Forums and area community council forums, which will be publicised locally. Copies of the consultation will be available from Service Points and libraries.

Responses should be sent to: ccreview@highland.gov.uk or Community Council Review, Corporate Managers Office, Highland Council, Market Square, Wick KW1 4AB.

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