Please note that due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic Community Councils are unable to hold public meetings at present. The best method of communication is via e-mail to their secretaries, details of which can be found in the download section below.
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.
A review of the Scheme for Establishment of Community Councils is underway. This is to ensure that a new and updated Scheme is adopted prior to the community council elections that are due to take place in September/October 2021. The community council boundaries will also be updated as part of the review.
A 1st draft Scheme for Establishment of Community Councils has been produced and can be viewed in full here
A list of the key changes proposed in the 1st draft Scheme can be viewed here
The draft boundary proposals set out in the 1st draft Scheme can be viewed here Boundary Proposals
Comments on the 1st draft scheme and boundaries are now being sought. An 8 week consultation period commences on 10th December 2020. The final date for comments to be submitted is Thursday 4th February 2021. Please email your comments or suggestions to firstname.lastname@example.org
All comments will be analysed in advance of the production of an amended Draft Scheme being produced for a further 8 weeks of public consultation.
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
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 last elections took place on 26 October 2017. There is provision for 41 community councils in West Lothian, of which there are currently 34 in operation. A list of the office bearers can be found in the related document section of this page.
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.
In 1998, the West Lothian Association of Community Councils was set up. The aim of the Association is to strengthen the identity of community councils across West Lothian. Unfortunately, it ceased operating in January 2015 after it was unable to appoint a Chair at its AGM. Any community council interested in setting the Association or such similar organisation back up should contact the Community Council Liaison Officer for advice.
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 email@example.com.
The current Scheme for Establishment of Community Councils in West Lothian 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 at the foot of this page.
Many Community Councils are under subscribed and there are 6 Community Councils in West Lothian not in operation.
The Joint Forum has launched a campaign to recruit more Community Councillors in each ward and will be giving out a customised leaflet similar to the one below to encourage more people to come forward.
If you would like to get involved in the campaign in your area please e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org