Community Councils

Community councils represent the views - and take action to promote the interests of - the community. Community councils can carry out a variety of roles, including:

  • help with environmental projects
  • organising local galas
  • printing and distributing local newsletters
  • representing Community Councils on other organisations
  • providing lunch clubs for the elderly
  • campaigning on local issues
  • conducting local surveys
  • organising public meetings on major development proposals or the Local Plan
  • carrying out Planning for Real exercises © Neighbourhood Initiative

Review of the Community Council Scheme of Establishment

The proposed Aberdeenshire Council Scheme for the Establishment of Community Councils will be presented for approval to Aberdeenshire Council on Thursday 27 April 2017 and we would like to consult on the revised document. 

The consultation covers the main sections that have been recently amended, namely: suspension and dissolution; encouraging young people to participate; and composition. In terms of composition, it is proposed that all Community Councils in Aberdeenshire have a maximum membership of 20 and a minimum membership of eight, with a quorum of five voting members for any meeting. 

We would also like to highlight the following proposals for noting:

  • New nomination forms have been developed which no longer require a proposer and seconder, but simply a witness
  • The Standing Orders and Constitution have been updated in line with Aberdeenshire Council’s new Scheme of Governance
  • Work is ongoing towards a common election date

View the proposed scheme of establishment of community councils (pdf 550KB).

All individual Community Councils have been informed of this final consultation. We are also engaging with Community Councils at forthcoming Community Council / Ward Forums across Aberdeenshire. Paper copies of the survey and the revised Scheme are also available to view at each of the six Area Offices. 

The consultation will commence on Tuesday 7 February 2017 and will end on Thursday 16 March 2017. Aberdeenshire Council will then consider the final proposals on 27 April 2017. 

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