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Ecclesmachan and Threemiletown Community Council

Ecclesmachan & Threemiletown
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Purpose.
Community councils have a legal right to exist, their main duties being:
  • Determine the views of the community on local issues and express these to the council and other public bodies.
  • Safeguard and promote the best interests of the area.
  • Arrange action within the community.
West Lothian Council is keen to share its decision-making powers with local people and values the role community councils have to play in this process. Regular consultation takes place with community councils on a wide range of issues including, planning applications, local plans, decentralisation and community planning.

Area Covered and Size.
West Lothian Council has drawn up a scheme such that every area in the district is covered by a community council. West Lothian is currently divided up into 42 community councils, each with an approved size of 8, 12 or 18 members, depending on the population covered. (A community council can only be formed if at least half the number of people required to make up that council are nominated). Details of addresses in each area, area maps and approved sizes can be viewed at West Lothian Civic Centre, Howden Road South, Livingston.

The Ecclesmachan and Threemiletown Community Council has an approved size of 8 elected members.
In the 2013 Community Council elections 8 members were nominated and elected, a new election will take place in October 2017.

Meetings.
Meetings of the Ecclesmachan and Threemiletown Community Council are held in the Ecclesmachan village hall. These will normally take place at 7pm on the first Wednesday of each month for the period September 2016 to May 2017 (no meeting in January 2017). These meetings are held in public. However, the council may exclude the public from a meeting when discussing any particular item where it feels publicity would be against the interests of the community due to the confidential nature of that business. The AGM for 2016 was held in the village hall at 7pm on Wednesday 1st June, the last meeting held until re-commencement on the 6th September 2016.

Scheduled meetings are set for the following dates:
2016: 6th September, 4th October, 2nd November, 7th December.
2017: 1st February, 1st March, 5th April, 3rd May (AGM).


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