Who are we?
We are residents’ forum and pressure group for the
Merchant City & Trongate area of Glasgow. We are
consulted officially by Glasgow City Council on planning
and licensing applications and we are the residents’
representatives on outside bodies/committee. We
operate within the Merchant City and Trongate
boundary and are involved in:
Improving the area:
Working with restaurants and bars to clear the
pavements of large refuge bins
Supporting the development of Greyfriar’s Garden
Greening empty site at Wilson Street/Candleriggs
Getting involved every year with the organisation
of the Merchant City Festival
Running the Christmas Window Competition
What are Community Councils?
Community Councils are voluntary organisations set up by statute and run by local residents to act on behalf of their area. Their specific role can vary according to their local area’s needs. Their size, in terms of area and population, differs across the country. In some areas there are Federations of CCs, allowing them to work together over larger areas.
(Reference: Community Council Website)
What the role of a Community Council?
Community Councils act as a voice for their local area. They must ascertain and express the views of the community to local authorities and other public bodies, and to take action which appears to be in the interests of its community. They can complement the role of the local authority but are not part of local government. They should have a positive working partnership with the local authority – therefore they must be informed on the council’s policies, and keep the council updated on their activities.
We meet on the last Tuesday of each month from 7-9pm in Glasgow City Chambers. Interested in becoming a community councillor? Please contact us or come along to one of the meetings to find out more! All Merchant City and Trongate residents are welcome to attend.