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Community Development Alliance Scotland

Almost half of Dumfries and Galloway Community Councils dissolved

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Thirty-eight community councils in Dumfries and Galloway have been dissolved after failing to meet the deadline for producing a constitution. Under Dumfries and Galloway Council rules, community councils were required to agree a constitution within three months of the community council election in October 2015 or be automatically dissolved. It is thought that Dumfries and Galloway Council is the only local authority in Scotland that has this compulsory dissolution clause.

Only 44 of the 91 community councils across the region submitted a constitution by the deadline, while 12 others submitted one after the deadline. Councils that have been dissolved will need to need to re-elected in a by-election. A spokesperson for Dumfries and Galloway Council said: “The council is keen that the affected community councils are supported if they wish to re-establish themselves”

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