The Community Council is currently in limbo after the last meeting held on the 10th of November failed to choose postions for the Community Councillors.
The meeting was temporarily chaired by Fiona Forbes, the Fife Council Regeneration Manager for Lochgelly and Cowdenbeath while the Community Councillors nominated and voted for a Chairperson to serve the Community Council.
Councillor Ernest McPherson and Councillor Eileen McKenna were both nominated and seconded to serve as Chairperson, which meant that the role went to a vote.
The votes were tied, with both councillors receiving 7 votes each which meant that the meeting had to be disbanded and reorganised for a later date to try and elect a Chairperson.
Without a Chairperson, the Community Council were then unable to elect roles for Vice-Chair, Treasurer, and Secretary.
There has been no announcement when this meeting will take place but we will try to keep the local community informed when it is due to be scheduled.
We have been told that Councillor Jerry Jervis will have to stand down from the Community Council due to health reasons, and our thoughts are with him and his family. Councillor Jerry Jervis has been a long standing member of the Community Council since it’s inception which we are led to believe started in 1975.
Due to this turn of events, previous Councillor Alan Gardiner, may be co-opted back into the Community Council after the roles have been formally chosen for the other Community Councillors.
Future of the Community Council
Even though the Community Council has currently no Office Bearer roles at the moment, we are hoping that once selected, the Community Council will adapt new strategies and be more proactive in keeping the local community informed of their activities.
We have been running a poll on the site, which we are now closing (results below), to give the new look Community Council a chance to repair their reputation within the local community.
Out of all the votes counted, only 7% of the voters felt that the Community Council is doing all it can to notify the public of its activities and representing the local community views. 30% of the voters are unaware of what the Community Council is, 24% were unsure, and a staggering 39% did not feel that their views were being represented, or that the Community Council does all that it can to keep the public better informed.
We recently published an article comparing the differences between the Lochgelly Community Council and Kinghorn Community Council in keeping their local communities up to date. We also provided a range of free steps that can be taken by the Community Council to achieve keeping the local community better informed. These tips were also produced in line with the Community Council guidelines on Best Practices, as set by the Association of Scottish Community Councils, and can be viewed at: http://lochgelly.org.uk/?p=3036
We hope that the new term of Community Councillors will take the results on board and implement steps to better inform the local community of their activities and raising issues of local concern.
If you have any suggestions for the Community Council, why not leave your feedback below.