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 107 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.
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
Elections for community councils are every 4 years. The next elections are in 2019. Vacancies also occur from time to time for the election of councillors.
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 for the Establishment of Community Councils in Dumfries and Galloway was originally adopted in 1997. Since then various amendments have been agreed and we're currently reviewing the Scheme again. We completed Phase 1 of a consultation and this was reported to a Full Council meeting on Tuesday 27 June 2017.
Phase 2 of our consultation closed on Friday 27 October and this was reported to a Full Council meeting on Tuesday 12 December 2017. Phase 3 is now open until Friday 30 March: