What are community councils?
East Lothian Council is committed to the development of community councils, helping to provide them with a meaningful role and the opportunity to have significant influence over how funding is spent in their area.
They are consulted fully on a range of issues, are involved in any new East Lothian Council initiatives, have a dedicated Community Council Liaison Officer and training courses are arranged periodically.
- There are 20 very active community councils in East Lothian.
How are community councils funded?
Financial support to community councils in East Lothian has always been amongst the best in the country, with the provision of an administration grant and the Local Priority Scheme.
Under the Local Priority Scheme, each community council is granted a significant amount of money annually to enhance their local environment for the benefit of their community.
How to get involved
There are different ways to get involved in your local community council:
- attend your community council's regular public meetings
- telephone 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 2020.
Casual vacancies are created when elected members resign or leave and the filling of these is administered by the Community Councils.
For further information contact the Community Council Liaison Officer using the details on the left of the page or contact your community council's secretary direct.