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Community councils

What does your community council do?

Community council

Community councils take decision-making out of the town hall and put it back into the community. They give people of any age and background a say about what goes on in their area.

The five community councils are based on council ward boundaries. Each has elected councillors as voting members.

The five Community Councils in Southwark are an important part of the council's decision making process.

The community councils hold public meetings, about 5 times a year, where local people can meet with each other and with the ward Councillors, to discuss key issues of concern, and help influence decisions on matters of local interest.

How do Community Councils work?

Local Councillors, elected to represent the area, sit on the community councils, involve local people in discussion about the issues, and take decisions on key areas such as traffic management, community safety, and environmental improvements.

The Community Councils also manage funds and allocate money for local projects and activities. These funds are publicised through the community council meeting and are usually applied for in the Autumn each year.

Community councils also provide a forum for consultation with local people, giving residents an opportunity to influence how council and other services are delivered. Attending the meetings allows local people and councillors a time to get to know groups and organisations that work in the area, including Wardens and the police.

The meetings are held at different locations across the community council area, generally starting at 7pm on a weekday, and lasting about two to three hours. All meetings are open to the public except when confidential or exempt information is being discussed.

The meetings are usually themed around a particular topic, such as transport, development, environment, employment etc. and there are presentations from council officers, special interest groups and local initiatives with some relevance to the theme.

How can you get involved?

People can

  • Attend a meeting
  • Contact their local Councillor about raising a specific issue
  • Submit a petition to a community council
  • Raise a deputation
  • Ask a question or take part in the open discussion during the meeting
  • Present their community activity at a community slot

Additionally, the community councils can facilitate and support the forming of new groups, and local projects through funding opportunities, advice and introductions

How can you find information about the meetings?

Details of the meetings are published five working days before the meeting on the council website at http://www.2.southwark.gov.uk/ . People can also sign up to receive regular email notifications about community councils and other local activities by contacting your community council officer.

If you're not sure which community council area you live in, you can check your postcode here.

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