Community Councils – What do they do?

Community Councils are statutory bodies with voluntary membership that act as a voice for their local area. They express the views and concerns of local people on a wide range of issues.

Every local community can request their local authority to establish a community council in their area.

They meet regularly to discuss issues affecting their area, including planning and licensing applications. All meetings are held in public and residents are encouraged to attend their local meeting.

Humbie, East & West Saltoun and Bolton Community Council

The Humbie, East & West Saltoun and Bolton Community Council represents these villages and surrounding area. The Community Council has a right to be consulted in planning applications in the area and as necessary represents local opinions. The group acts as a forum for community issues and organises relevant community meetings, including hustings for local candidates prior to parliamentary general elections.

The Community Council also provides small grants for local projects and always welcomes new suggestions. It is linked to East Lothian Council, the Haddington & Lammermuir Area Partnership and contributes to various ad hoc local consultations. The regular, usually monthly, meetings provide an additional link to the Local Councillors of the Haddington and Lammermuir ward.

The Community Council membership is drawn from volunteer representatives of each of the villages. Additional community-minded contributors are always welcome!

How to get involved

There are different ways to get involved in your local community council:

– attend your community council’s regular public meetings
– e-mail your local community council
– become a community council member.

Elections are held every four years, the most recent election was held in October 2016, the next election will take place in 2021. Community Councillors are often coopted to fill vacancies, so don’t hesitate to get in touch!

More information

You can find out more about community councils including real success stories of the impact that they can have on their community and information on news, events, guidance, and grants that are related to community councils as well as advice on how to be a Community Councillor at www.communitycouncils.scot.