The Community Council was created in its current form in 2011, and has 9 elected members who serve the communities of Inverkip & Wemyss Bay. The Community Council acts as a voice for the residents of Inverkip & Wemyss Bay in finding out the views of the local community and taking any action necessary on their behalf. It makes representations on matters affecting the interests of the residents of Inverkip & Wemyss Bay to local and central government on a wide variety of issues. It is entitled to be consulted on issues by both local and central government, on issues such as planning, licensing to housing and environmental pollution matters.
To ascertain, coordinate and express the views of the wider community.
Inverkip & Wemyss Bay Community Council;
- seeks to promote the Inverkip & Wemyss Bay area as positive and inclusive communities.
- responds to local issues regarding crime and community safety, planning and development, quality and improvement of local services, facilities and amenities.
- works to promote the arts as part of local regeneration.
- holds meetings attended by local elected members, and representatives from Police Scotland.
Inverkip & Wemyss Bay Community Council covers a wide geographical area, as can be seen from our boundary map below:
What are Community Councils?
Community Councils were created by the Local Government (Scotland) Act 1973. The Act required local authorities to introduce Community Council schemes for their area outlining various arrangements including elections, meetings, boundaries, and finance. Local authorities have statutory oversight of Community Councils and, in consultation with their Community Councils, the freedom to tailor schemes to the particular circumstances of their area.
Local authorities and other bodies consult with Community Councils on issues affecting the community. These issues depend to a large extent on what is important to each community, however, local authorities are required to consult Community Councils on planning applications and many choose to involve them in the Community Planning process.
Community Councils are the most local tier of statutory representation in Scotland. They bridge the gap between local authorities and communities, and help to make public bodies aware of the opinions and needs of the communities they represent.
Their primary purpose is to ascertain and express the views of the community to the local authority and other public bodies. Many Community Councils also involve themselves in a wide range of other activities including fundraising, organising community events, undertaking environmental and educational projects and much more.