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Community Councils

Community Councils are voluntary groups of people who care about their community and want to make their area a better place to live.  They play an important role in local democracy by representing the views of local people and conveying these views to a range of organisations.

The following Community Councils are within, or partly within, the South Edinburgh area:

Marchmont and Sciennes
Morningside  website
Southside (no longer operating)
Tollcross  website


Community Councils were introduced through the Local Government (Scotland) Act 1973. The Act defined the purpose of a community council as: “to ascertain, co-ordinate and express to the Local Authorities for its area and to public authorities the views of the community which it represents, in relation to matters for which those authorities are responsible.”

The Local Government Scotland Act, 1973 empowered all local authorities to assist community councils, both with funding and administrative support.

Community Councils in Edinburgh

Community council representatives are elected for a period of three years. Each community council receives an annual grant from the City Council intended to cover its administrative expenses.

Community councils have a statutory right to be consulted on local planning issues. The City Council’s Planning Division sends out a weekly list of all planning applications submitted. While there is no statutory requirement for local authorities to consult them on licensing matters, community councils are considered as ‘competent objectors’. They may appoint representatives to attend meetings of the Licensing Board and speak in support of objections.

Full information on all Neighbourhood Councils is available from The City of Edinburgh Council.
Also see Edinburgh Association of Community Councils.