Constitution & Standing Orders
2020 Minutes of Meetings
Community Council Handbook
The Scottish Government
The Association of Scottish Community Councils
Undiscovered Scotland - Loanhead entry
Loanhead Community Development Association
Loanhead Gala Day
Loanhead Parish Church
Loanhead After School Club
The Role of the Community Council
Formal, and less formal, descriptions of the role of community councils can be found elsewhere (see for example the Wikipedia description here), but a simple explanation is set out below.
Loanhead and District Community Council is a statutory body, and has been set up to provide an easily accessible forum whereby members of the community can:-
Past issues of concern locally have included; the possible creation of a football stadium at Straiton; the dualling (or otherwise) of the A701; the building of a women's refuge in the town centre; the development of a homelessness unit at Kilbreck/St Ronans, the demolition of Loanhead Town Hall by Midlothian Council.
The Community Council has no executive powers, so it cannot directly "get things done". However, it most certainly can give your local Midlothian Councillors a good idea of local opinion, and help them decide how to act, and where and when to apply pressure to other bodies. It can only do this if you, the community, make your views known to the Community Council.
Loanhead and District Community Council is non-political; that is to say, there is no representation by any political party. It is also of course non-sectarian. The members, electable by the community, are all volunteers, and are not paid.