Inverkip and Wemyss Bay
Community Council (ward 6)
Monthly meetings for the community council are usually held on the first Thursday of each month at
7.30pm. Normally three meetings will be held in Inverkip Primary School and then one meeting in Wemyss Bay Primary School.
All meetings are open to the public and should you have any issues
you wish to bring up either contact one of the community council members listed below or just turn up.
What is the Community Council and what do they do?
Community Councils were created
in the mid-70s, as part of the same local government reform that gave
us Strathclyde and the other Regional Councils. They were meant to be
the local counterbalance to the giantism of the regions.
They are peculiarly Scottish, English equivalent used to be
parish councils, since abolished, as far as we understand.
Each local authority has to have
a scheme for community councils within its territory. Blanket rules
state that they must be non party political, and must be given access
to local authority planning applications and decisions. Their role is
to represent their agreed community's concerns and views to local authority,
Scottish Executive, police and health trust boards etc, and to facilitate
and encourage beneficial activities within the community they serve.
There are meant to be elections
whenever more people wish to serve than there are fixed places. In
practice, apathy means many areas do not have CCs at all, and it is almost unknown
for elections ever to be needed. Existing CCs have powers to co-opt
interested locals to join them as they see fit, up to the maximum
permitted number. This reality has led to accusations that CCs are undemocratic, largely true
but caused by public apathy.
Most local activists in practice
are single cause, e.g. environment or anti-development, and so lack
the wide general community focus required.
In December 2003, the two village community councils merged to form a new single community council.