Community Councils

Representing local people

Community Councils are groups of 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. They represent the views of local people on Neighbourhood Partnerships and convey these views to the Council and other organisations.

Councils are governed by the Scheme for Community Councils. Download part of the Information for Community Councillors from below.

How to get involved

There are different ways to get involved in your local Community Council

  • attend your Community Council's regular public meetings
  • email your local Community Council or visit their website
  • become a Community Council member.

Read about the Community Council induction on the Neighbourhood Partnership website.

As part of the Scottish Government's work, in collaboration with COSLA, to enhance the role of Community Councils, the Improvement Service has developed a Community Council website.

To find out about community councils near you, and how to contact them, use the Community Council boundary map and list of office bearers, available below.

Community Council nomination

Any individual aged 16 years or older and registered on the electoral role can join. 

There are 46 community council areas in the city and nominations are being sought for Muirhouse Salvesen Community Council.

Muirhouse Salvesen Community Council nominations are open from Monday 5 June 2017 to Friday 30 June 2017 4pm. If there are more candidates than places on the Community Council, an election will be held in that area on Thursday 13 July 2017. 

Download from below the nomination form for 

  • individuals, which should be returned to the Returning Officer
  • local interest groups, which should be returned to Ross Murray, Governance and Democratic Services, Waverley Court, 4 East Market Street, Edinburgh,  EH8 8BJ. 
Community Councils are always keen to hear from local people, and want more people to get involved in their work. They usually meet once a month and, between their meetings, many organise local projects that help the community or improve the area.

The Neighbourhood Partnership website lets you find out about their role and which partnership you live in.

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