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    Community Councils


    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 '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 your local community council for details of meetings. Contact your local community council for further information.

    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 more information will follow on further training opportunities.

    Community Council Elections

    In North Ayrshire, 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 summary of the Community Council elections which took place in 2016 and 2017 is available here.  A complete list of those elected as community councillors is available here.

    There are currently no active community councils within Ardrossan, Beith and District, Dreghorn, Girdle Toll and Bourtreehill, Springside or Stevenston.  However, an initial election is automatically arranged by the Council on receipt of a letter from 20 local electors requesting the establishment of a community council. 

    A request for an initial election has been received from local electors in Beith and District and an election will take place at 7.00 p.m. on Tuesday 21 November 2017 in the Lounge, Beith Community Centre, Kings Road, Beith.  The closing date for nominations to serve on Beith and District Community Council is 14 November 2017 and nomination forms are available by contacting Committee Services on 01294 324131 or at committeeservices@north-ayrshire.gov.uk.

    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 your Community Council directly, or contact North Ayrshire Council Community Council Liaison Officer at Committee Services for more information (on telephone number 01294 324131).

    Contact Us

    Contact Committee and Members Services