The Edinburgh Old Town Community Council represents the views of local people and works with them and other Edinburgh organisations to make the Old Town a better place.

What we do

  • Give people a say and influence on what happens in the Old Town Community Council area. An introduction to Community Councils
  • Bring local groups together.
  • Consult with people on local issues.
  • Get involved in many local issues, including planning, licensing and environmental projects.

Improving where you live

We seek to improve the Old Town neighbourhood by:

  • Taking part in community clean ups.
  • Campaigning for better parking and transport.
  • Monitoring the upkeep of the area.
  • Applying for funding for local projects.
  • Organising and taking part in festivals, sporting and Christmas events.

Partnership working

We work with other local organisations and are represented on the Neighbourhood Partnership for their area. This means working alongside councillors, representatives from Police Scotland, NHS Lothian, Scottish Fire and Rescue Service and the voluntary sector to identify and agree local priorities and develop and deliver local community plans to make the area better.

How we work

There are 46 community council areas in Edinburgh. Community councils include local residents and community groups. They are non-political and members are elected for three years.

Each community council is given a grant from the City of Edinburgh Council and can apply for additional funding for projects and events. Meetings normally take place monthly: anyone is welcome to attend.

Community councils are consulted on planning applications for their area and are kept informed about licensing applications. They can also influence planning and licensing policy.

For full details about the community councils; where they are, how they are run, code of conduct for community councillors, how councillors are elected; download this document, Scheme for Community Councils.

Getting involved

There are lots of ways you can get involved:

  • Take part in consultations.
  • Follow our updates here, on Facebook, Twitter and on local noticeboards.
  • Attend public meetings.
  • Become a member.

Everyone has something to offer, regardless of experience, interests and background. You may also develop new skills along the way: community council members receive training and support to help them carry out their tasks.

Further information

Please contact us to find out more about the work of the Old Town Community  Council. Keep up to date with our Posts Page for details of forthcoming meetings, and minutes of those that have taken place.