Community Council election results announced

The results have been announced for the three community council elections held in Edinburgh yesterday (Thursday 24 October).

Elections were required for Craigmillar, Liberton & District and Portobello Community Councils due to the response to join the capital’s 41 community councils.

For the first time, an online option was introduced making it easier for more people to take part.

Councillor Maureen Child, Convener of the Communities and Neighbourhood Committee, has congratulated everyone who was successful in yesterday’s voting.

She said: "My congratulations go to all of the candidates who were successful in the 2013 elections, I wish them all the very best and look forward to working with them on the issues which matter in their areas.

“This was the first time that online voting was used in the Community Council elections, which increased participation in the election process and worked really well.

"Community Councils are an ideal way to support communities to thrive, to allow people from all backgrounds to meet and share ideas and to make change happen. They are a fantastic way of making public sector agencies aware of the needs of local areas, and can really help to make changes for the better.

"I would be keen to hear views from our new community councillors at our Communities and Neighbourhoods Committee as to how we can work more effectively together."

The first councils were established in Edinburgh in 1980 in Merchiston and Longstone, and more than 500 people are now members across the city.

They each receive a grant to cover running costs and training is available for the members. They are represented on each of the city's 12 Neighbourhood Partnerships and work alongside elected members, representatives from NHS Lothian, Police Scotland, the voluntary sector and Scottish Fire and Rescue Service.

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