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Renfrewshire Council Leader Iain Nicolson is calling on enthusiastic community members to sign up for their nearest Local Partnership and have their say on the issues that matter locally.

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Replacing the previous Local Area Committees (LACs), the partnerships aim to be more inclusive and give local people more of a role in decision making at a local level.

A series of community events have been taking place across Renfrewshire to introduce the new Partnerships and to encourage people to become community representatives.

Councillor Nicolson said: “This is a fantastic opportunity for people to have their say on the issues that matter to them within their community.

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“It’s important that the opinions of local people are highlighted and that decisions are made with the thoughts of local people in mind.

“I’d encourage anyone who has a passion for their community to put their name forward.”

The first official meetings of the new partnerships were due to take place over the next few weeks but will be rescheduled to early 2019 to ensure that all interested community members have a chance to express their interest in being part of a Local Partnership.

Councillor Nicolson added: “It was clear from the community events that people are very positive about the move to the new Local Partnerships but need more time to submit their applications to be a member.

“We want to give everyone the opportunity to be a part of the new partnerships as they are about achieving a range of views and working together as a community to make the local area better.

“So, get in touch to put your name forward and take this opportunity to make a difference.”

Seven new Local Partnerships will replace the previous five Local Area Committees, with membership split evenly between local elected members, and local community representatives.

Local Partnerships will continue to allocate funding to local voluntary and community groups.

For more information on the Local Partnerships and to submit your application to become a member, visit,The closing date for membership applications is Friday 14 December..