Role of the Community Council

Under the Local Government (Scotland) Act 1973 all Councils are legally obliged to set up Community Councils. These are legally recognised groups of local people with an interest in their community.

The size of each Community Council varies; some are as small as 5 and others as large as 20. The Gavinton Fogo & Polwarth council is made up of 10 elected members.  Our 3 Scottish Borders Council Councillors also attend Community Council meetings providing a good link between Scottish Borders Council and the community.  See the map here for details of our area and areas covered by nearby community councils.

The main role of the Community Council is to represent its local area, to consult with local residents and pass their views on to public sector organisations such as: Scottish Borders Council; NHS Borders; the Scottish Executive; and major utility services such as Scottish Water. Scottish Borders Council has a responsibility to consult with Community Councils about how local services are delivered and inform them of any changes to services or any issues that may affect their local area.

The Community Council is a member of the Scottish Borders Community Councils’ Network (SBCCN) which allows us to share good ideas and communicate easily with one another.  SBCCN organises an annual conference, seminars, to discuss areas of concern, and training, on matters such as committee procedures and how to respond to planning applications.

Please use the links at the top of the page for more detailed information about Gavinton, Fogo & Polwarth Community Council (GFPCC).

Please use the links at the top of the page for more detailed information about Gavinton, Fogo & Polwarth Community Council (GFPCC).

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