Role of Community Councils
Community councils form the most local tier of statutory representation in Scotland. They were created by the Local Government (Scotland) Act 1973 and are intended to bridge the gap between local authorities and local communities and to help to make local authorities and other public bodies aware of the opinions, needs and preferences of the communities that they represent.
The Legislation Governing Community Councils
The current legislative framework governing community councils is largely contained in the Local Government (Scotland) Act 1973, supplemented by the Local Government etc (Scotland) Act 1994. The 1973 Act sets out the purpose of a community council as being primarily that of a local representative body, whilst allowing community councils scope to become involved in other activities at their discretion. The legislation further requires that all local authorities should have in place a Community Council Scheme for its area, and sets out some of the provisions that must be contained in the schemes.
Murray Packer, Chair
Dougie McCallum, Treasurer
John McEwan, Baillieston Area Partnership