What are Community Councils?

Representing the views of their communities

What are Community Councils

Community councils comprise people who care about their community and want to make their area a better place to live. They have an important role in local democracy, representing local people's views about services to local authorities and other agencies.

Some community councils are more active than others but their activities can include:

  • help with environmental projects
  • organising local galas
  • printing and distributing local newsletters
  • representing Community Councils' interest in the activities of other organisations
  • campaigning on local issues
  • conducting local surveys
  • commenting on planning applications

Community councils were created by the Local Government (Scotland) Act, 1973. The Act required local authorities to introduce community council schemes for their area outlining various arrangements including elections, meetings, boundaries, and finance. Local authorities have the freedom to tailor schemes to the particular circumstances of their area.

Local authorities and other bodies consult with community councils on issues that are important to each community. However, local authorities are required to consult community councils on planning applications and involve them in the Community Planning process.

Community councils are governed by the word icon Scheme for Community Councils [168kb].

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