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Community Councils

What they do

Community councils are voluntary organisations set up by statute and run by local residents to act on behalf of their area.

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

  • identifying and taking action on local issues such as planning and licensing applications
  • organising community events
  • liaising with the public authorities and other agencies about local services

Community councils were introduced through the Local Government (Scotland) Act 1973. Community councillors are elected as individuals to serve a four year term. They do not stand as representatives of political parties.

Each Community Council has a Chairperson who stands for a four year term.  The persons holding the positions of Secretary, Treasurer and Vice-Chairperson stand down at the annual general meeting every year but may be re-elected.

Members of Parliament, Members of the Scottish Parliament and South Lanarkshire Councillors are automatically members of the community council for any area they represent but they have no voting rights.

Community councils

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