One of the most important changes to the way Local Government operates was the introduction, in time for the Council Elections in May 2007, of multi-member Wards.
There are at present nineteen wards in Aberdeenshire, each with either three or four elected members.
Each of these members has an equal responsibility for the whole ward. To make this work effectively, Ward members have to work together in a collaborative way sharing duties, information and knowledge.
It is, however, not uncommon for members within a ward to agree to apportion amongst themselves responsibility for town, village or community representation.
Electronic communication will be the standard way of doing business and systems are in place to assist members in this.
Questions you may have about multi-member wards:
Why was the system changed?
The Scottish Government agreed to adopt the Single Transferable Vote as the preferred voting system for Local Government Elections.
This system operates best where multiple representatives are returned for electoral divisions. Larger multi-member wards were therefore created to work with the voting system.
Why are there three councillors in some wards, and four in others?
number of councillors in a ward is determined by the geographical size of the ward itself and the number of residents within.
Who is my local councillor in my ward?
All of the councillors in your ward represent your community. You can therefore contact any or all of these councillors with any queries you may have. However, it may be that one of your local councillors has a specific ‘lead’ role for your own particular community.
What do I do if I’m not happy with the advice or support given by the councillor I have approached?
One of the advantages of the multi-member ward system is that you can seek the views of any or all of your local councillors. Advice can also be sought from your Area Manager. All elected members are expected to adhere to the Councillors' Code of Conduct.