During October all the Community Councils across the City will be holding their AGMs and their annual elections. This year will see a big shake up in Community Councils with the number across the City being reduced from 112 to 80 and several having their boundaries adjusted following a period of consultation.

So what is a Community Council?

Community Councils were established as a result of the Local Government (Scotland) Act 1973. Community Councils have statutory duties in terms of licensing and planning however they are essentially voluntary bodies established within a statutory framework. The key roles of Community Councils are:
  • To represent the views of the community to Glasgow City Council and other public bodies operating in their area
  • To act to further the interests of their communities
  • To be consulted on planning applications within their area
  • To consider exercising their powers to object to the granting, renewal or transfer of liquor licences.

Over the past two years Glasgow City Council has undertaken a review and consultation of Community Councils and this has included a revised model scheme to establish a community council, a model code of conduct for community councils and councillors, a model constitution and model standing orders, alongside the boundary changes and the reduction in the number of community councils.

In the Dumbarton Road Corridor area some of the key changes are:

  • Yoker South (active) and Yoker North (inactive) are being merged together to form Yoker Community Council
  • The boundaries between Whiteinch and Scotstoun, and Whiteinch and Thornwood are being changed

You can find out more about Community Council’s in Glasgow on the Council website and the dedicated Community Councils Glasgow website.