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Community Councils

Information on community councils and the work they do.

What are community councils?

Community councils are established by law and are intended to help express the views of their communities to local authorities and other public bodies.

East Renfrewshire has ten Community Councils where local residents meet once a month to discuss community matters.

Community Councils form the most local tier of statutory representation in Scotland. They were originally created by the Local Government (Scotland) Act 1973 and were intended to bridge the gap between local authorities and local communities and to help make local authorities and other public bodies aware of the opinions, needs and preferences of the communities that they represent. The 1973 Act required local authorities to introduce community council schemes for their area and gave them a large degree of freedom to tailor their scheme to suit the circumstances of the area.

The primary purpose of community councils is to ascertain and express the views of the community that they represent. In addition to their primary role, many community councils involve themselves in a wide range of other activities for the benefit of their community.

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.


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