The role of community councils
Community councils are voluntary bodies, which exist within a statutory framework, and which have been granted statutory rights of consultation. 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. Community councils represent the views of the community and take action to promote them. Community councils can carry out a variety of roles, including:
- helping with environmental projects
- organising local galas
- printing and distributing local newsletters
- representing community councils or 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
Community councils are non-party-political and non-sectarian in their discussions and in their decision-making.
As community planning develops, this will emphasise the need for Aberdeenshire Council to develop its relationship with community councils as part of its engagement with our local communities.