Information on community councils and the work they do.
What are community councils?
East Renfrewshire has ten Community Councils, where local residents meet once a month to discuss community matters.
The primary purpose of community councils is to find out and express the views of the community that they represent. In addition to this primary role, many community councils involve themselves in a wide range of other activities for the benefit of their community.
Community Councils were originally created by the Local Government (Scotland) Act 1973 and were intended to bridge the gap between local authorities and local communities. They also help make local authorities and other public bodies aware of the opinions, needs and preferences of the communities they represent. The 1973 Act required councils to introduce community council schemes for their area, and gave them the freedom to tailor their scheme to suit the circumstances of the area.
East Renfrewshire's Community Councils
There are currently 10 community councils operating in East Renfrewshire. These are:
- Barrhead Community Council
- Busby Community Council
- Clarkston Community Council
- Eaglesham and Waterfoot Community Council
- Giffnock Community Council
- Neilston Community Council
- Netherlee and Stamperland Community Council
- Newton Mearns Community Council
- Thornliebank Community Council
- Uplawmoor Community Council
Scheme for community councils
The current scheme for Community Councils was established in 2009. The duties outlined in the scheme for Local Authorities and Community Councils are based upon the Model Scheme of Establishment developed by the Scottish Government (2009). The scheme which governs the activities of Community Councils in East Renfrewshire can be found in the related link section of this webpage.
Network Meetings with Convener for Community Services and Community Safety
Councillor Mary Montague holds regular meetings with community council members to provide an opportunity to network and discuss issues that affect them. Notes of these quarterly meetings can be found on the right hand side of the page.