Community councils

  1. Representing local people (selected)
  2. Community council elections

Representing local people

Community council elections

Nominations for Craigmillar, Drylaw/Telford and Old Town community councils open on Monday 9th January and close at 4pm on Monday 30th January 2017.  If needed, elections will take place on Thursday 23rd February 2017.  Information and nomination forms can be downloaded from the elections page

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. They are governed by the Scheme for Community Councils, which you can download below.

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.

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.

Contact your community council's secretary for more details.

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 in the pack below, or get in touch with the Community Council Liaison Officer.

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