Community Councils

Community councils are non-party-political groups of local people with an interest in their community. They are established by the scheme for the establishment of community councils produced by Scottish Borders Council under the Local Government (Scotland) Act 1973.

Community councils are often involved in:
  • contacting public bodies with regard to local issues
  • attending meetings with public officials
  • holding public meetings in response to specific issues
  • carrying out surveys in their community
  • meeting with other community councils or other community groups
  • responding to consultations on local and national proposals
  • receiving and responding to enquiries and problems raised by members of the public
  • producing a newsletter for people in their area
  • providing a report on the community council to local newspapers
  • hosting public officials or others at meetings of the community council
  • negotiating with public bodies
  • arranging social events such as annual gala days and outings
In the Scottish Borders, community councils are:
  • given an annual support grant from Scottish Borders Council
  • consulted on planning applications
  • entitled to send a representative to sit on their area forum
  • provided with a monthly report from Police Scotland

Community councils generally hold monthly meetings in local schools, halls and community centres. Meetings are attended by community councillors, SBC councillors, and invited guests. Members of the public are welcome to attend and are entitled to see the agenda, any papers/reports and the minutes of the previous meeting, at least 7 days in advance. Many community councils have an 'open forum' where members of the public can ask questions and raise issues.

There are 69 community councils in the Scottish Borders:

There is also the Berwickshire Community Councils Forum, an organisation for community councils in Berwickshire.