Community councils are foundering because of a lack of interest in local politics, it has been claimed.
Four organisations across Perth and Kinross will fold next month after failing to receive enough nominations to continue running.
The council was forced to extend the nomination deadline after a number of community councils failed to reach the minimum requirement.
The extra time meant three organisations Killiecrankie and Fincastle, Dull and Weem, and Pitlochry and Moulin were able to gain enough nominations to reform.
Just nine of the 41 community councils across the region received an excess of nominations.
Louis Flood who is the chairman of the North Inch and Muirton community council, which is among those that will cease to exist in November told The Courier he is “sad” to see its demise.
He has headed the organisation since its formation 12 years ago but has made the decision to stand down.
“It’s too bad it’s closing but I think it’s a lack of interest,” he said. “I’ve been chairman since it started and have indicated several times that I’d rather somebody else took it on but nobody tore it from my grasp.
“I do regret it (the closure) because I’ve always felt responsibility for it but if nobody steps up I can’t keep it going myself.
“I think the fact that there’s not been any huge issues for us to grapple with hasn’t helped, either. Gannochy, which is doing really well, have had things like the incinerator or the Murray Royal big, local issues that people wanted a focal point to discuss it. We’ve never really had that.
“There’s half a dozen other local groups so the residents are still well served without the community council they still have a tenants’ and residents’ association.”
A spokeswoman for Perth and Kinross Council said: “Twenty-seven community councils have received sufficient nominations to allow them to form, with nominees being duly elected as of November 5 2015.
“Nine community councils or sub-areas have received more nominations than the maximum number of members and will therefore go ahead to a vote.
“Sadly, there are still some areas which do not have a community council. In some places this role is filled by an active tenants’ and residents’ association but it would be great to see community councils form to help give residents a stronger voice.
“Anyone who would like information and advice about forming a community council should contact email@example.com.”