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Community Councils

Community Councils are voluntary organisations that act as a voice for their local area. They are set up by statute by the Local Authority and run by local residents to act on behalf of their area

They meet regularly to discuss issues affecting their area, including planning and licensing applications. All meetings are held in public and residents are encouraged to attend their local meeting. As well as representing the community to the local authority, Community Councils facilitate a wide range of activities for their communities such as community clean-up events, local surveys, organising charity events.

Community Councils are governed by the scheme of establishment which sets out how they should operate including elections, membership rules and meeting arrangements.

Community Councils are a way of becoming involved with your local area. It will give you a good understand of the workings of local government and what is going on locally and nationally. Anyone can become a member of their Community Council provided they are:

  • Over 16 years old

  • Live within the specified boundary

  • Are on the electoral register for that area


If you want to become a Community Councillor or wish to find out more about our local Community Council visit the Highland Council website here or call the Highland Council Policy Team on 01463 702006

The Scottish Community Councils website has up to date information on news, events, guidance, and grants as well as advice on how to be a community councillor here.

Find out about Community Councils in your area on the  Highland Council website has information about Community Councils here

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