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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

    The undernoted programme of training has been developed to assist community councillors in their role.  Any community councillor wishing to attend a session, should book a place (subject to availability) by emailing focuscommunitylearningcentre@north-ayrshire.gov.uk or by calling 01294 604612.  





    What it will cover

    Introduction To Community Councils

    Tuesday 14 March


    6pm – 8pm

    Brisbane Centre, 30 Bath Street, Largs, KA30 8BL*


    Roles, responsibilities, Scheme of establishment, user guide and Q & A.

    Introduction To Community Councils

    Tuesday 21 March

    (please note, this venue is upstairs)

    6pm – 8pm

    Cranberry Moss Community Centre, Cambusdoon Place, Kilwinning, KA13 6SL*


    Roles, responsibilities, Scheme of establishment, user guide and Q & A.


    Wednesday 26 April 2017


    6pm – 8pm

    Dalry Primary School, Sharon Street, Dalry, KA24 5DR*


    What is a Community Council’s role is in this process?, overview of local development plans


    Wednesday 10 May 2017

    5.30pm – 7.30pm

    Volunteer Rooms, High Street, Irvine, KA12 0AL*


    The Community Council role in this process, licensing law, legislation.

    Community Engagement

    Tuesday 6 June


    7pm – 9pm

    Civic Centre, 150 Glasgow Street, Ardrossan, KA22 8EU


    Context of the current policy / practice environment around community Engagement (specifically the Community Empowerment Act), an introduction to the recently revised National Standards for Community Engagement, and some discussion about tools and opportunities for engagement in your area.


    Tuesday 13 June


    7pm – 9pm

    Focus Community Learning Centre, Primrose Place, Saltcoats, KA21 6LH*

    Funding opportunities, newsletters, etc.

     *Please note that these sessions can also be delivered, in a condensed/combined format, on Arran and Cumbrae, on request.

    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.

    There are currently no active community councils within Ardrossan, Beith and District, Dreghorn, Girdle Toll and Bourtreehill, Springside or Stevenston and, subject to at least 20 local electors making a request, an initial election for these community councils would require to be arranged.

    A complete list of those elected as community councillors is available here

    A summary of the Community Council elections which took place in 2016 and 2017 is available here

    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