The Community Council was created in its current form in 2011, and has 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.
Monthly meetings for Inverkip and Wemyss Bay Community Council are usually held on the first Thursday of each month at 7pm. Normally meetings will be held in Inverkip Primary School or Wemyss Bay Primary School.
Dates of upcoming meetings can be found here:
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.
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.
Source of information: http://www.inverkip-wemyssbaycc.co.uk/index.php/about/