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To help Edinburgh Old Town become a better place to live.


Old Town Community Council focuses on what matters to people living in Abbeyhill, Grassmarket, Princes Street Gardens and The Royal Mile.

We do this by :

  • listening to residents and influencing what happens in their areas. An introduction to Community Councils
  • bringing local groups together
  • consulting with residents on issues specific to Edinburgh Old Town
  • contributing to local issues including, planning, licensing and environmental projects
  • working in partnership with local organisations , identifying and agreeing local priorities
  • developing and delivering local community plans that help improve the experience of living in Old Town.

The Community Council is represented on the local Neighbourhood Partnership. This means working alongside Councillors, MSP and MP. We also work in partnership with 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.

Our Priorities

To improve the experience of living in Edinburgh’s Old Town 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.

How we work

Old Town Community council is one of 46 community council areas in Edinburgh. We include local residents and community groups. We are non-political and members are elected for three years.

The Community Council receives a grant from the City of Edinburgh Council and we can apply for additional funding for projects and events. Meetings normally take place monthly: all residents of Old Town are welcome to attend.

Old Town Community Council is consulted on planning applications for our areas and we are kept informed about licensing applications. We can also influence planning and licensing policy.

For full details about all Community Councils; where we are, how we 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.


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