Under the Local Government (Scotland) Act 1973 all Councils are legally obliged to set up Community Councils. These are legally recognised groups of local people with an interest in their community.
Daffodils by the village green
The size of each Community Council varies; some are as small as 5 and others as large as 20. The Gavinton Fogo & Polwarth council is made up of 6 members from Gavinton, 3 members from Fogo and 1 member from Polwarth.
The main role of the Community Council is to represent its local area, (see the map at the bottom of this page for an indication of the areas covered by the three communitites) to consult with local residents and pass their views on to public sector organisations such as Scottish Borders Council, NHS Borders and the Scottish Executive, also major utility services such as Scottish Water. Scottish Borders Council has a responsibility to consult with Community Councils about how local services are delivered and inform them of any changes to services or any issues that may affect their local area.
Many Councillors attend their local Community Council meetings providing a good link between Scottish Borders Council and the community.
Each Community Council is a member of the Scottish Borders Community Councils’ Network (SBCCN) which allows them to share good ideas and communicate easily with one another. SBCCN organises an annual conference, seminars, to discuss areas of concern, and training, on matters such as committee procedures and how to respond to planning applications.
Please use the links on the left for more detailed information about
Gavinton, Fogo & Polwarth Community Council (GFPCC).