A new community council is set to be formed to represent Beith and the surrounding district.

North Ayrshire Council has received a request from 20 local electors for a community council to be established in the Beith area.

The role of a community council is important as it ascertains, co-ordinates and expresses the views of its community to public authorities.

It can take such action in the interests of its community as is desirable.

Community councils also form part of the Locality Partnerships of North Ayrshire.

These agree the priorities for each locality and try to ensure that everyone, public agencies and community work in a co-ordinated way to address these priorities Anyone wishing to put themselves forward to become a community councillor must be aged over 16 and live within its boundary.

Nomination papers can be obtained from the Chief Executive’s Office, Cunninghame House, Irvine, during weekdays from 9am to 4.45pm.

Those interested can also email committeeservices@ north-ayrshire.gov.uk or call the Committee Services Team on 01294 324131.

Completed nomination papers must contain the name and address of the person nominated and the names and addresses of two proposers, each of whom should be a local government elector for the area.

Each nomination paper must also be signed by the person nominated and the two proposers.

Completed nomination papers must be received by the Council Chief Executive at Cunninghame House by 12 noon on November, 14 2017.