Community councils are voluntary organisations 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.

East Lothian has up to 20 very active community councils in which you can view all areas involved with the community councils area map.

List of community councils

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.

For more information contact your community council's secretary

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.