Community Councils

There are currently 56 Community Councils within Argyll and Bute, covering every geographical area from Cardross in the east to the island of Tiree in the west.

Community Councils are the first or the “grass roots” tier of statutory representation in Scotland. They bridge the gap between local authorities and communities, and help ensure that public authorities are aware of the opinions and needs of the communities they represent.

While their primary statutory purpose is to represent the views of their community to the local authority and other public bodies, most Community Councils also involve themselves in a wide range of other activities which might include fundraising for local projects, running community and educational events, or organising environmental projects.

Review of the Scheme for Establishment of Community Councils

A public consultation is now live regarding proposals to amend the existing 2018 Scheme for the Establishment of Community Councils in Argyll and Bute.  The consultation opened on 1st October and will run until 26 November 2021.  Those who wish to comment on the proposals to allow community council meetings:

1. to be held by remote means; and 

2. to be held by combination of remote and in person attendance.

are invited to sent their representations to or by post to Melissa Stewart, Community Council Liaison Officer, Argyll and Bute Council, Kilmory, Lochgilphead, PA31 8RT prior to the closing date.

Notice of Review:

Local Government (Scotland) Act 1973

Proposed Amendment to the Council’s Scheme for the Establishment of Community Councils – Incorporation of Provision to Meet by Remote or Hybrid Means 

Notice is hereby given, that Argyll and Bute Council, in exercise of the powers conferred upon it by Section 53 (1) of the above mentioned Act, proposes to amend the Scheme for the Establishment of Community Councils.

A meeting of the Council, held on 30th September, agreed to conduct an 8 week public consultation exercise on amendments to the Scheme to include specific provision for community council meetings to be held remotely, or by hybrid means.

Any person or organisation wishing to make written representations on the proposed amendments should address them to or by post to Melissa Stewart, Community Council Liaison Officer, Kilmory, Lochgilphead, PA31 8RT within a period of 8 weeks from publication of this Notice (No later than 26th November 2021).

Pippa Milne
Chief Executive,
Argyll and Bute Council
1 October 2021 

Our current Scheme for the Establishment of Community Councils in Argyll and Bute came into effect on 26 April 2018.  A further full review of the Scheme will be undertaken to coincide with the four year term of community councils expiring in 2022.  The Notice of Review and associated documents from our 2018 review can be viewed via our review page and information about community council elections can be found on our elections page.

Representation and elections


Community Engagement/Development

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