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Community Councils

Community Councils were introduced in 1975 when local government was reformed and the former, smaller town councils, were abolished. The objective was to ensure there could be input from the "grassroots" to the then new two-tier structure of Regional and District Councils.

The Local Government etc. (Scotland) Act 1994 continued the role of the Community Councils in the new single-tier organisations.

In June 1999, the McIntosh report, dealing with the relationship between the new Parliament and local government, recommended that the system of Community Councils should be retained, taking into account the requirement for local Councils to draw up decentralisation plans under the Local Government etc (Scotland) Act 1994.

Frequently Asked Questions

What is the purpose of Community Councils?

The general purpose of Community Councils is to ascertain, co-ordinate and express the views of the community it represents to local authorities and other public bodies.

Specific arrangements are made the by Council for consultation on planning applications. This includes community councils appointing one person as their point of contact for all planning matters. Also, as part of the consultation arrangements, all community councils are sent a weekly list of all planning applications.

How do Community Councils operate?

All local authorities are responsible for setting up what are known as Community Council Schemes. Angus Council's Community Council Scheme may also be referred to as the Scheme for the Establishment of Community Councils (220K PDF)Opens in a new window.

This Scheme provides the framework for the operation of Community Councils and also includes model constitutions and standing orders.

Copies of the Scheme are also available from all local libraries, local ACCESS Offices and ACCESSLine - 08452 777 778.

In addition to the Scheme there is an Angus Council Good Practice Agreement with Community Councils.

There is also a Policy Statement on Angus Council's Relationship with Community Councils which provides a code of practice between Angus Council and the Angus Community Councils and outlines how this partnership will be developed.

Following the recent review of the Scheme for Establishment of Community Councils this policy is currently under review.

How many Community Councils are there in Angus?

There are 25 Community Councils within Angus.

How do I know which is my Community Council?

A postcode search and map are available on this website. Maps showing the boundaries for all Angus Community Councils are available in all local libraries. Alternatively you may wish to contact ACCESSLine - 08452 777 778 who will be able to advise.

How do I contact my Community Council?

You should contact your Community Council via the secretary, whose contact details are available on the Council's website. Alternatively, you can contact the ACCESSLine (08452 777 778) or visit your local ACCESS Office which will confirm the secretary's contact details.

When and where does my Community Council meet?

This information is available on the Council's website. Alternatively, you can contact the ACCESSLine (08452 777 778) or visit your local ACCESS Office which will give you the details.

How can I become a Community Councillor?

The requirements for becoming a community councillor are contained in the Scheme for the Establishment of Community Councils.

The main criteria are that you must be at least 16 years of age, be registered on the electoral role and be resident within the area of the Community Council.

There are community council elections held every four years, the next elections being October 2015, and arrangements for nomination will be advertised in the local press and public offices in September of that year.

However, a number of community councils currently have vacancies which can be filled by co-option to the community council. If you are interested in becoming a community councillor, and meet these criteria, you should contact the community council chair or go along to the next community council meeting. Contact details of the chair and community council meetings are available on the Council's website. Alternatively, you can contact ACCESSLine (08452 777 778) or visit your local ACCESS Office which will give you the details.

Who do I contact for further information?

Community Engagement Officer

Angus House
Orchardbank Business Park
Forfar DD8 1AX

Tel: 01307 476128
Out of hours telephone: 08452 777 778

See also the Community Councils page on this website.

Service Page: commcouncils.htm
Service Details Last Reviewed : 6 November 2013

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