The role of community councils is to express the views of the community to local authorities and other public bodies, and to take action in the interests of its community.
West Lothian Council is required by law to have a Scheme for the Establishment of Community Councils in its area. However, community councils are not part of the council's structure - they are independent bodies who run their own affairs.
The council arranges the community council elections which take place every 4 years in September or October. The next elections will take place in September/October 2025. There are currently 33 community councils in operation. A list of their office bearers can be found in the download section at the foot of the page.
There are 7 areas with no community councils in operation. These are Bridgend, Carmondean, Deans, Longridge, Philpstoun, Uphall Station and Westfield & Bridgehouse. Further information about the process to set a community council up in these areas can be found here Procedure to set up a community council [15KB]
The council provides basic annual grant funding and advice to community councils but what a community council does once it has been established, is a matter for each community council to determine.
The Community Council Liaison Officer is able to provide advice and assistance. The council's Liaison Officer is Lorraine McGrorty who is based at West Lothian Civic Centre in Livingston. Telephone 01506 281609 or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org.
A new Scheme for Establishment of Community Councils in West Lothian and amended boundaries was adopted by the council on 31st August 2021. The Scheme sets out the basic rules which all community councils in West Lothian are expected to comply with.
It is supplemented by a Code of Conduct which all community councillors must abide by and a model constitution/ & standing orders which all community councils automatically adopt.
All of the documents can be found below.
The council has provided an updated privacy notice which gives more information on the data we hold about community council members and what we do with that data. The notice can be viewed here Community Council Privacy Notice [68KB]