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    Community Councils

     

    Community Councils are provided for in statute by the Local Government (Scotland) Act 1973 and the Local Government etc. (Scotland) Act 1994. Community Councils are entirely independent from the local authority.

    Role of Community Councils

    In terms of Section 51(2) of the Local Government (Scotland) Act 1973, the purpose of a Community Council, in addition to any other purpose which it may pursue, shall be “to ascertain, co-ordinate and express to the local authorities for its area, and to public authorities, the views of the community which it represents, in relation to matters for which those authorities are responsible, and to take such action in the interests of that community as appears to it to be expedient and practicable”. You can find general information about Community Councils on the Scottish Government website or on the Scottish Community Councils website at www.communitycouncils.scot.

    Community Councils in North Ayrshire

    Each local authority in Scotland is required to have in place a Scheme for the Establishment of Community Councils within their area. In North Ayrshire, the Scheme currently in force, which was approved in March 2016, provides for 17 Community Councils in North Ayrshire.  The Scheme and can be accessed at Scheme inc boundary maps.  A map showing how community council boundaries relate to North Ayrshire Council Elected Member ward boundaries is also available.

    A 'plain English' guide to the formal Scheme for the Establishment of Community Councils, is also available.

    Meetings of Community Councils

    Community Councils meet regularly in local venues and generally their meetings will be open to the public.  Contact Committee Services (01294 324131) for information on how to get in touch with your local community council.

    Some community councils have developed their own website and post information on meetings and copies of their Minutes.  The Minutes of several community councils are also available to view at http://www.northayrshire.community.

    Training for Community Councillors

    programme of training was delivered during the first part of 2017 to assist community councillors in their role.  A community council conference also took place on Sunday 25 June 2017 and the first Community Council forum was held in January 2018.

    A training evening for existing community councillors will take place on 22 February 2018 at 7.00 p.m. in Dalry Library.  Further information is available from Connected Communities. 

    More information will follow on further training opportunities.

    Community Council Elections

    North Ayrshire, Ordinary Community Council elections are held every 4 years.  Notice of Elections will normally be placed in the local press and posters posted in venues in the Community Council area.  A complete list of current community councillors is available here.

    Ordinary elections of Elections will next take place in Arran, Cumbrae, Dalry, Fairlie, Irvine, Kilbirnie & Glengarnock, Kilwinning, Largs, Skelmorlie and West Kilbride in 2020, in Beith & District and Saltcoats in 2021, and in Stevenston in 2022.

    There are currently no active community councils within Ardrossan, Dreghorn, Girdle Toll and Bourtreehill or Springside.   

    Review of Community Council Scheme

    From time to time the Council will review the Scheme for the establishment of Community Councils in North Ayrshire. The last such review was undertaken in 2015/16.

    Getting Involved

    If you are interested in getting involved with your local Community Council, please contact North Ayrshire Council Community Council Liaison Officer at Committee Services for more information (on telephone number 01294 324131).

    Contact Us

     

    Contact Committee Services

    For any queries relating to the committees of North Ayrshire Council; Community Councils; or Outside Bodies.

     

    Contact Member Services

    For any queries relating to Councillors; the Provost of North Ayrshire Council; or members’ expenses.

     

    General Enquiries

    For all other queries.