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Community councils


What are community councils?

A community council is made up of people who care about their community and who want to make their local area a better place to live. The community council has an important role in local democracy, representing local people's views about services to us and other agencies.

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

  • helping with environmental projects
  • organising local galas
  • printing and distributing local newsletters
  • representing the community council's interests in the activities of other organisations
  • campaigning on local issues
  • carrying out local surveys
  • commenting on planning applications

Community councils were set up by the Local Government (Scotland) Act 1973. Under the act we had to introduce community council schemes explaining various arrangements including elections, meetings, boundaries, and finance. We have the freedom to adapt schemes to the particular circumstances of the local area.

Along with other agencies we consult with community councils on issues that are important to each community. However, we are required to consult community councils on planning applications and involve them in the community planning process.


Rules of the scheme for community councils

Community councils have to follow the rules of the scheme for community councils which you can view below:


How to get involved with your community council

There are different ways that you can get involved in your local community council:

  • you can attend their regular public meetings
  • contact them or visit their website
  • become a member (please contact your community council's secretary for more details)

Page last updated:
28 Apr 2021

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