Role of the Community Council
Community councils are set up in accordance with Section 22 of the 1994 Local Government etc. (Scotland) Act and Section 51(2) of the Local Government (Scotland) Act 1973. The Act defined the purpose of the community council as:
“to ascertain, co-ordinate and express to the local authority for its area and to public authorities, the views of the community which it represents, in relation to matters for which those authorities are responsible.”
Consequently, the community council represents Gargunnock residents’ views to Stirling Council and other public bodies, such as the Police, Health Board and Scottish Water on any matters of concern for which these bodies are responsible. In particular, the community council has an important role to play in commenting on how plans and issues affect the village – for example, Stirling Council must consult it on planning applications, the Development Plan and some licensing issues.
Current Community Council
The area covered by the community council is the village of Gargunnock itself and surrounding farms and houses in the parish [see map]. The last elections to the community council were in November 2009 and councillors elected then, or subsequently, are able to serve until 2013. Gargunnock Community Council is entitled to have 9 community councillors but in September 2012 has only 8. The community council meets 9 times a year in the Community Centre at 7.30pm, usually on the first Tuesday in the month with a break during July and August. A Stirling Councillor is usually in attendance half an hour before the community council meeting. All village residents are encouraged to attend meetings of the community council which are open to the public.