Community Councils

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Community Councils represent the views – and take action to promote the interests of – the community.

Community Councils are involved in Community Planning too. Some Community Council representatives sit on our Local Community Planning Groups and there’s the opportunity for a Community Council representative to attend the Board and Executive meetings. We also support the “Supporting Our Communities” training sessions aimed at Community Councils in Aberdeenshire.

Community Council Forums are held in each of the six areas and provide the opportunity for Community Councils to come together to discuss issues, best practice and share information. For more information on Community Councils in your area please contact your local Community Planning Officer.

Kintore Community Plan

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/

Other useful links for Community Council members

Scottish Government
Information on Community Councils –
http://www.gov.scot/Topics/Government/PublicServiceReform/CommunityCouncils

Planning
Aberdeenshire Council –
http://www.aberdeenshire.gov.uk/planning/

Consultations
Aberdeenshire Council –
http://www.aberdeenshire.gov.uk/council-and-democracy/public-consultations-and-engagement/

Scottish Government –
https://consult.scotland.gov.uk/

Please also see the funding, training and useful links section of the website for further information.