District Councils

District councils: active citizenship

As part of its policy for the development of local democracy, the City of Quimper is committed to the implementation of projects that encourage:

  • the sharing of information,
  • recognition and respect for citizens,
  • diversity,
  • partnership between the city’s various key players

The District Council is a key element in these projects. It provides a forum for debate and enrichment of local public life, issuing questions, proposals and opinions on projects that impact upon the lives of the local residents. This undertaking is performed by the district deputies, in close collaboration with the deputy responsible for grass roots democracy, and with the coordination of the district councils, the community and the socio-cultural sector.

The terms of establishing these councils were formalised in the Quimper District Councils Charter, adopted at the municipal council meeting of April 25, 2014.

The historical and regulatory context

The Local Democracy Act of 27 February 2002 set a framework permitting change and improvement, notably by the setting up of district councils, to the conditions governing discretionary power, thus giving rise to a new advisory authority.

The legislative framework allows for considerable leeway in the organisation of district councils. It is now up to the new municipal team to organize and implement the means to give a voice to the people of Quimper. It must also offer an appropriate response to the need to establish an effective tool of local democracy that takes into account the reality of life in Quimper.

The schedule will take account of the calendar of municipal events in order that notices, proposals and wishes can be sent to the elected body at the same time as the deliberations of the Municipal Council.

An evolving organisation

The District Councils Charter proposes an innovative organisation, making these entities not just repositories, but genuine schools of citizenship: The districts, local areas of solidarity, can become places of deepening democracy through the establishment of district councils.

The management of district councils is based on the following principles:

  • The principle of active citizenship: was to give the inhabitants a broad platform without depending entirely on volunteers. This lead to the implementation of a random draw from the electoral roll.
  • Recognition of the responsibility of residents, resulting in effective presentations to the City Council of opinions expressed by the district councils. Meanwhile, the City Council undertakes in to respond to district councils.
  • The principle of diversity is guaranteed by the random draw along with certain criteria (age, gender, district...), was complemented by an appeal for volunteers..

. • The partnership principle: district councils should be tools for cooperation, fostering solidarity between residents, associations and institutions, professionals from the public sector and the elected body.

These principles lead to the establishment of two panels:

  • A residents panel, which is made up of 20 seats drawn at random from the electoral roll and 15 seats for volunteers,
  • A panel for associations and socio-professional participants, which comprises 14 seats

The role of the elected body

In this scheme, if elected municipal officials are involved in the debates without having a vote, the district deputy becomes essential to the hosting of debates, the processing of applications, information and the reception and evaluation of opinions. Along with the city services, the district deputy ensures coordination between the community and the district councils. They act in tandem with the district councils to co-host activities.

The deputy responsible for local democracy, district council coordination, community life and the socio-cultural sector is tasked with maintaining links between elected officials, district councils, services and other participants. He develops and coordinates the system of debate and citizen participation while serving as a point of reference for the city centre district.

The management of the district councils is detailed in the charter and improvements are called for, based on accompanying annual assessments.

Elected officials at your service

You can contact your district deputy:

  • Philippe Calvez, deputy responsible for the coordination of the district town halls, associative life and the socio-cultural sector
  • Valérie Lecerf-Livet / Penhars,
  • Corinne Nicolas / Ergué-Armel,
  • Christian Le Bihan / Kerfeunteun,

You can contact Quimper’s local democracy office on or 02 98 98 89 04 and by mail : conseils.quartier@quimper.bzh.

The four district councils

The four district councils stay true to the original communes, keeping as close as possible to the grouped information pockets of the city centre, Ergué-Armel, Kerfeunteun and Penhars'

To get the heart of the matter, here are some thematic examples:

  • Planning (local urban planning, construction projects, urban renewal, location of public facilities)
  • Urban travel (accessibility, traffic and road safety, traffic lights and signals, « soft » transportation methods, parking, public transportation)
  • Sustainable development and energy efficiency (habitat, public buildings, urban planning projects)
  • Public Buildings (maintenance, restoration, development)
  • Childhood/youth (leisure activities, playgrounds, extracurricular activities)
  • Green spaces (landscaping, hedge cutting and trimming, floral displays, differential management)
  • Urban furniture (public benches, bus stops, street lighting)
  • New technologies (mobile telephone antennae, development of digital technology)
  • Cleanliness and waste management (management of household waste, recycling)
  • Public services (improvements, reporting of malfunctions)
  • Streets (road and pavement repairs, pavement creation, potholes, storm water drains)
  • Economic development (shops, activity zones)

How to become a member of the District Council?

Although the random draw from the electoral roll constitutes one of the fundamental elements in the composition of these new district councils, the success of the project is also based on strong voluntary participation from residents, socio-professionals and other key players from the district.

1 – Random draw

Taken from the electoral roll, the random draw of residents was carried out by the Quimper Information Service on the 12th of May. The draw was supervised by a bailiff, rendering the list incontestable.

2 – Declaring candidacy

An appeal was made for all volunteers, residents of the districts as well as company representatives, to declare their candidacy.