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ALLAN STEWART ANNOUNCES NEW POWERS TO STRENGTHEN COMMUNITY COUNCILS

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Measures to strengthen the role of community councils following local government reform were announced today by Mr ...
Measures to strengthen the role of community councils following local government reform were announced today by Mr Allan Stewart MP, Minister for Local Government at The Scottish Office.

Under the changes, community councils will gain the legal right to be consulted on local planning issues and schemes which the new councils will be preparing for devolved decision making in their area.

In addition, local licensing boards are to be urged in new Government guidance to keep community councils fully informed of local developments.

Mr Stewart commented: 'In reforming local government we want to make councils more accessible and accountable to those they serve. Our proposals to strengthen community councils are a central part of this plan. We hope the new Association of Scottish community councils will play an active part in helping community councils throughout Scotland meet this new challenge.

'The value of community councils to local life in cities, towns and villages is clear. Hundreds of people wrote to The Scottish Office with comments on their work following publication of our consultation paper on local government reform. We have taken these views carefully into account in devising the new measures.'
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