What does a Community Council do?
The general purpose of a Community Council is to ascertain, co-ordinate and express the views of the entire community within its agreed boundaries. Community Councils can help ensure that the Council is as fully informed as possible about the circumstances, needs and wishes of local communities. Community Councils are non-party political and non-sectarian in their discussions and decision making. Community Councils, unlike other community organisations, are statutorily included as consultees for all planning applications affecting their area. There are also specific powers in relation to licensing.
Community Councils can carry out a variety of roles, including (but not limited to):
- Help with environmental projects
- Organising local galas
- Printing and distributing local newsletters
- Representing Community Councils at other meetings
- Providing lunch clubs for the elderly
- Campaigning on local issues
- Conducting local surveys
- Organising public meetings
- Carrying out Planning For Real exercises and developing and delivering Community Action Plans
You can find out more information about Community Councils in Aberdeenshire, including Contact Details and Codes of Practice at: https://www.aberdeenshire.gov.uk/communities-and-events/community-councils/