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What are community councils?
Community Council Liaison
Address: Council HQ
Newtown St Boswells
Tel: 01835 825005
Find more details about your local
Scottish Borders Scheme for the Establishment of Community Councils
All Local Authorities are legally obliged to establish community councils under the Local Government (Scotland) Act 1973. They are recognised groups of local people with an interest in their community.
The size of each community council varies, some are as small as five and others as large as 18 people.
Community councils in the Scottish Borders are governed by the Scottish Borders Scheme for Community Councils which you can find as a download to the right side of this page.
What do community councils do?
The main role of community councils is to represent their local area, to consult with local residents and pass their views on to public sector organisations such as Scottish Borders Council and NHS Borders.
We have a responsibility to consult with community councils about how local services are delivered and inform them of any changes to services or any issues that may affect their local area.
Councillors attend their local community council meetings, providing a good link between the Council and the community.
Each community council is a member of the Scottish Borders Community Councils' Network (SBCCN) which organises an annual conference, seminars to discuss areas of concern and training.
Community council minutes
Copies of community council minutes are available by contacting your local community council direct.