Community councils give local people a say about what goes on in their area. They play a vital role in representing the views of their community to us and other public bodies.
There are 106 community councils across Dumfries and Galloway and usually around 90 that are operational at any one time. They have a great deal of scope to get involved in local issues and develop local projects or activities.
Your Budget Starts Here - Community Councils can promote opportunities for residents to have their say in the Council's budget development process. An update for Community Councils on what's planned for the engagement programme can be found here -.
Scheme for the Establishment of Community Councils
Community Councils are governed by the Scheme for Establishment of Community Councils in Dumfries and Galloway. This sets out how they should operate including, elections, membership rules and meeting arrangements. The Scheme was originally adopted in 1997 and various amendments have been agreed by Dumfries and Galloway Council since then.
The amended Scheme and its schedules were passed by resolution of the Dumfries and Galloway Council in terms of section 53 of the Local Government (Scotland) Act 1973 on 25 September 2018. With the exception of Schedule 1, the terms of the Scheme came into force on 1 November 2018.
The terms of Schedule 1 shall come into force in October 2019, following the next scheduled ordinary election of Community Councils in Dumfries and Galloway, and if the membership number naturally falls to the agreed reduced number before the next ordinary elections, the Community Council does not require to fill vacancies, noting Ochtrelure and Belmont and Stranraer Community Council whereby the maximum / minimum numbers would be effective as of 1 November 2018
How to get involved
There are different ways to get involved in your local community council:
- attend your community council's regular public meetings
- email your local community council or visit their website
- become a community council member
Community council elections
Elections for community councils are every 4 years and the next elections are in 2019.
Vacancies also occur from time to time for the election of community councillors. Recent election results below.