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Moorfoot Community Council Elections

Community Councils are required to hold elections for their Councillors every three years.  Elections to Moorfoot Community Council are being held on 5th April this year.  There are at least six and up to twelve Community Councillor positions to be filled.  An election will only be held if the number of nominees exceeds 12 and there is more than one nominee for a Community Council officer.

If you would like to represent your community and help to make Moorfoot a vibrant and attractive place to live and work, why not put your name forward, or nominate someone who you think would be a good community representative?

Timetable:

  • February 2017           Nomination papers available for download from MCC website, from the Village Halls and from secretary@moorfoot.org.uk
  • Wed 29th March, 12 Noon       Deadline for nomination papers to be returned
  • Confirmation of whether a vote for elections is required if there are more than 12 nominees and/or there is more an one nominee for any specific post.
  • 29th March – 5th April     Confirmation of whether or not an election will be necessary will be posted on the website and will also appear in the Moorfoot area’s Public Notice Boards.
  • Wed 5th April, 6:45pm. Elections/Vote at the MCC Monthly Meeting at Temple.

 

Why Join the Community Council?

  • What do you love about living where you do, in the Moorfoot area?
  • What annoys you?
  • What would you like to change?
  • What would you like to keep and preserve?
  • What developments would you like to influence in our area? (whether to support or suppress)
  • How much are you concerned about what is happening in the Moorfoot area?

If you care about what is happening, why not stand for your local community council and represent residents in the area.

Some recent MCC achievements

  • Influencing planning proposals for a wide range of developments including wind farms, housing developments and others . We have made submissions on: Midlothian Local Development Plan; South East Scotland development plan (SESPlan); the restoration of the former Middleton Lime Works; a proposal for housing at Yorkston; developments at Currie Glen.
  • Together with Gorebridge CC,  negotiated the first boundary changes since the revised Midlothian Scheme for Community Councils.
  • Middleton Quarry – shaped the planning consent requirements and instigated setting up a community group with NWH.
  • Administering the MCC small grants.
  • Hosting communication events from developers regarding early stage proposals.
  • Initiated  broadband consultations to provide better speed broadband for more remote rural areas that are not supported by the high-speed fibre broadband roll-out.
  • In progress – purchasing the old BT phoneboxes, in Carrington and together with the Village Hall in North Middleton, to convert to a community facility and host a defibrillator, similar to many communities in England and more recently in Scotland.
  • In progress – contributing to developing the Moorfoot Neighbourhood Plan.

 

Recent legislation has given more powers to local communities, so there are many issues that we can have more of a say about and have wider influence.  Why not come and help make sure the local community’s voice is heard.

 

  • The Moorfoot Community Council requires between 6 and 12 Community Councillors, ideally representing all the residents in the Moorfoot area.
  • We are looking for representatives from
    • all locations – the villages (North Middleton, Temple, Carrington and Borthwick ), other hamlets and rural areas;
    • all ages from 16 to 106
    • men and women
    • all backgrounds
  • Essential Posts to fill at the meeting on 5th April: Chairperson, Secretary, Treasurer, Minutes Secretary.  Additional roles that may be appointed at a later stage have included: Planning Representative (requires relevant experience related to planning), Vice-Chair, representative on the Midlothian Federation of Community Councils (usually taken on by several Community Councillors attending in turn), representative at the Gorebridge Medical Centre Patients Participation Group.
  • Commitment: 10 meetings a year, 1st Wednesday of the month usually meeting at North Middleton Village Hall and occasionally at Temple or Carrington Village Halls. Also to respond between meetings to issues raised by email.  Also representing MCC at occasional ad-hoc meetings for other bodies.
  • Moorfoot Community Council Constitution

 

How to Join the MCC

Under the recent revised Midlothian Council Scheme for Community Councils, Councillors must now be elected into position.

  1. Download the nomination form here: Word Document MCC-nomination-form-2017 or PDF  MCC-nomination-PDF-2017
  2. You can check your eligibility as stated on the nomination form and in the Midlothian Scheme for Community Councils approved__midlothian_scheme__june_2014_
  3. Complete the form with signatures from two independent nominators
  4. Submit your  the nomination form to the Secretary of MCC to ARRIVE before 12 noon on 29th March
    • Post to Secretary, Moorfoot Community Council, Old Schoolhouse, Borthwick, N Middleton, Midlothian, EH23 4QY
    • or email to secretary@moorfoot.org.uk
  5. Attend the election at the MCC monthly meeting on 5th April 2017 at 6.45pm.   An election will only be held if the number of nominees exceeds 12 and/or there is more than one nominee for a Community Council position.

 

 

 

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