An Aberdeen community council could be forced to fold after not reaching the required number of members to continue.
Northfield Community Council –which needed a minimum of eight members – will shut down temporarily with attempts to relaunch it set to take place in the New Year.
Until nominations for the available positions open in January, the group will stop meeting at its usual location within the community centre on Byron Square.
Councillor Ciaran McRae, who represents the Northfield and Mastrick North ward, said: “It is regrettable that the community council didn’t reach the required numbers – even though the current members and council officers did a great job to advertise that the elections were taking place.
“It is great to hear that the current members are considering whether to continue as a community residents group till January, when the nominations will reopen. If anyone wishes to join this group, please get in contact with Northfield Community Centre or with myself.”
Nominations for the next community council election, which will take place on October 25, closed on September 4.
Community councils allow residents in the area to represent the views of the wider community to local authorities – with around 30 of the groups covering the city. Aberdeen City Council says that the groups “play a vital role in representing the views of the community to local authorities and other public bodies”.
Each group receives an annual grant from the council of £500 plus 11p per elector in the area.
Anyone who lives in the community council area and whose name is on the electoral roll can be nominated or apply to become a community councillor.
There are also places for young people aged 16 and 17 years.
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