Community Councils

Minimize

Community Council Elections 2021

Ordinary elections have been taking place this Autumn for Arran, Beith and District, Cumbrae, Dalry, Fairlie, Irvine, Kilbirnie and Glengarnock, Kilwinning, Largs, Saltcoats, Skelmorlie and West Kilbride Community Councils.  Please follow the links below for information about forthcoming elections and the for the results of those which have already taken place.  

If you are interested in standing for election and meet the eligibility criteria (i.e. you live within the community council boundary and are at least 16 years of age) you can either click on the links below or else contact committeeservices@north-ayrshire.gov.uk to request a nomination form, or telephone 01294 324131 during office hours.

Arran Community Council - Following the close of nominations, there will be one 'extended village' contested election.  Click here for more information.

Beith and District Community Council - Notice of Election and Nomination form

Cumbrae Community Council - Notice of Election and Nomination form

Dalry Community Council  - Notice of Election and Nomination form

Fairlie Community Council - Notice of Election Result

Irvine Community CouncilNotice of Election and Nomination form

Kilbirnie and Glengarnock Community Council - Notice of Election and Nomination form

Kilwinning Community Council - Kilwinning Community Council did not meet its minimum membership target so there are still places available.  Please complete a Nomination form

Largs Community Council - Notice of Election Result

Saltcoats Community Council - Nomination form (Closing date to be advised)

Skelmorlie Community Council - Notice of Election and Nomination form

West Kilbride Community Council - Notice of Election and Nomination form

There are currently no active community councils within Ardrossan, Dreghorn, Girdle Toll and Bourtreehill or Springside.  A request for a community council to be established in any of these areas can be made by 20 local electors contacting melanieanderson@north-ayrshire.gov.uk/tel 01294 324131.

Getting Involved

If you are interested in attending a meeting of your local Community Council, please contact committeeservices@north-ayrshire.gov.uk or telephone 01294 324131.  Many community councils have their own website or Facebook page.  You can also contact your local community council by email.

The Role of 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.

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.

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.

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.  Alternatively, you may wish to email your local community council using the contact information provided in the "Getting Involved" section above.

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.

Covid-19

In light of the current Covid-19 outbreak, changes have been made to the way in which community councils in North Ayrshire are operating for the time being.

  • ‘ordinary’ community councils due in September/October/November for Arran, Cumbrae, Dalry, Fairlie, Irvine, Kilbirnie & Glengarnock, Kilwinning, Largs, Skelmorlie and West Kilbride will not now take place until Autumn 2021.  (Elections for Beith & District and Saltcoats Community Councils are already scheduled to take place in Autumn 2021). 
  • the term of office of existing community councils and their members which would otherwise have come to an end in 2020 is extended until 30 November 2021 (or effectively until the postponed ordinary elections have taken place)
  • in the interim, community councils are not required to meet and are not subject to the requirement to meet as least 6 times per year
  • actions/decisions which community councils require to take during this period when meetings cannot take place, may be taken remotely via consultation with community council members, including the appointment of new members
  • during this period, the Council will not exercise the power to dissolve a community council either for (i) failing to hold the required minimum number of meetings or (ii) having its membership fall below its minimum level

Training for Community Councillors

A programme of training is being developed to assist community councillors in their role.  More information will follow on training opportunities.
 

Contact Us

Contact Committee Services
For any queries relating to the committees of North Ayrshire Council; Community Councils; or Outside Bodies.  Please also contact us if you have any difficulties in terms of the accessbility of the information on this site and we will endeavour to provide the required information in a more accessible format.

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

General Enquiries
For all other queries.