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Community councils told to postpone elections

posted 18 Apr 2012, 07:04 by Tollcross Junction   [ updated 18 Apr 2012, 07:08 ]

Members of the Capital’s community councils have been left fuming after being told that their elections are to be postponed for a year.

Many of the city’s 45 community councils had already begun recruiting new members ahead of elections in October but council bosses informed them this month that their plans have to be put back a year to avoid clashing with the council’s own elections.

Jenny Mackenzie, founder of the National Network of Community Councillors and herself a Leith community councillor, has slammed the decision and said it only further illustrates the council view of community councils as “token consultees”.