Establishment Scheme community councils

Community councils have a key role to play and the scheme provides a framework within which they and the council can co-operate and work together. The council is committed to ensuring successful consultation and working together with community councils in all areas of the council's responsibilities. Following consultation with the public, we finalised the Scheme for the Establishment of community councils (effective from 1st April 2018). All community councils are required to operate within the terms of the scheme.

Community councils

Community councils are voluntary bodies, which exist within a statutory framework, and which have been granted statutory rights of consultation. The general purpose of a community council is to ascertain, co-ordinate and express the views of the entire community within its agreed boundaries. Community councils can help ensure that the council is as fully informed as possible about the circumstances, needs and wishes of local communities.

Community councils are non-party-political and non-sectarian in their discussions and in their decision-making.

Community councils, unlike other community organisations, are statutorily included in the consultation process for all planning applications affecting their area. There are also specific powers in relation to licensing.

As community planning develops, this will emphasize the need for the council to develop its relationship with community councils as part of its engagement with our local communities.

Advice and assistance

With notice, a copy of the Scheme can be made available for inspection in the following council offices:

  • Town House, 34 Low Street
  • Banff AB45 1AN 
  • Buchan House, Peterhead AB42 1DA 
  • 29 Bridge Street, Ellon AB41 9AA
  • Gordon House, Blackhall Road, Inverurie AB51 3WA Viewmount, Arduthie Road, Stonehaven AB39 2DQ 
  • School Road, Alford AB33 8TY 
  • Woodhill House, Westburn Road, Aberdeen AB16 5GB


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