Community councils are the most local tier of statutory representation in Scotland. They bridge the gap between local authorities and communities, and help to make public bodies aware of the opinions and needs of the communities they represent. There are around 1,200 active community councils in Scotland, all run by volunteers.
Community councils can have a number of roles, all relating to representing the local community’s views. For example, commenting on planning and licencing applications, sharing community information, campaigning on local issues, organising projects and events like gala days and Christmas lights, and contributing to future plans for the community.
Check out the Scottish Community Councils website for more information about what community councils can do, and to find out if your town centre has an active community council.