Gorgie Dalry Community Council (GDCC) is an elected group of local people who care about and represent the community of Gorgie and Dalry, and want to make the area a better place to live.
What is the purpose of Gorgie Dalry Community Council?
Our main purpose is representative; to engage with the local community and to put forward these views to the city council and other organisations including Scottish Government, NHS Lothian and Police Scotland. We are often consulted on how local services are delivered and other issues affecting our neighbourhoods. As a community council we have the right to be consulted on any planning applications in the Gorgie Dalry area and we are also kept informed about licensing applications.
We are constituted under the Local Government (Scotland) Act 1973 which defines the purpose of a community council as: “to ascertain, co-ordinate and express to the Local Authorities for its area and to public authorities the views of the community which it represents, in relation to matters for which those authorities are responsible.” We receive an annual grant from the City of Edinburgh Council intended to cover our administrative expenses, and submit additional grant applications to run specific events such as gala days and park clean ups, which are often also supported by donations from businesses in the community.
Where does GDCC represent?
We represent the communities that are located from Haymarket station, along Dalry Road and Gorgie Road right up to Balgreen Road. Search by postcode to check whether your address falls within the boundaries of GDCC: Find My Community Council
What does GDCC do?
As representatives of the Gorgie Dalry community we:
- hold monthly public meetings, and occasional emergency meetings in response to a specific issue, to find out what are the areas of concern within the community
- attend meetings with public officials to discuss local issues
- receive and respond to enquiries and problems raised by members of the public
- monitor the upkeep of the area
- meet with other community groups such as Friends of Murieston park, Gorgie Collective, and LOVE Gorgie Farm
- co-ordinate and submit responses to draft policy reports or consultation documents
- post information regarding meetings and activities on community notice boards, websites and social media
- arrange for public officials or others to attend community council public meetings
- initiate community events such as gala days, Christmas light switch ons, and park clean up days to support and promote community spirit in Gorgie Dalry.
If you think there is something else we should be doing, get in touch! We welcome feedback and suggestions from the community. Send us an email via firstname.lastname@example.org or us a message via Facebook or Twitter.
How does GDCC engage with planning issues and licensing matters?
As a community council, we have a statutory right to be consulted on local planning issues. The City of Edinburgh Council’s Planning Service sends out a weekly list of all planning applications submitted. We frequently invite developers to present planning proposals to our monthly public meetings, and encourage residents to attend these meetings to scrutinise and offer comments on proposals for Gorgie and Dalry.
While there is no statutory requirement for local authorities to consult us on licensing matters, community councils are considered as ‘competent objectors’. We may appoint representatives to attend meetings of the Licensing Board and speak in support of objections.
Who can become a member of GDCC?
Anyone resident in Gorgie and Dalry can stand to be elected as a member: elections to the community are held every September, and representatives are elected for a period of four years. Residents can also be co-opted to the community council at other times of the year if a majority of members approve the co-option. All GDCC community council representatives are volunteers.
Office bearers on the Community Council include Chair, Vice-Chair, Community Engagement, and Treasurer. If you are interested in standing for election, please come along to one of our monthly public meetings and talk to one of the community council members. We also have representatives from GDS Church and Gorgie Collective – if other community groups wish to be represented on GDCC please email: email@example.com
Some of our community councillors have been community activists in Gorgie Dalry for decades; others have recently moved to the area. However, all GDCC members are passionate about making Gorgie Dalry a better place to live.
How can I get involved with GDCC?
We hold public meetings on the first Monday of every month at 7pm, which are open to all Gorgie Dalry residents and other members of the public. We don’t hold meetings in January and July due to holidays. Our meetings are currently being held online due to the Covid-19 crisis, for information on how to join please contact us via email.
If you would like us to add something to a meeting agenda, or to discuss something but cannot attend a meeting, please send us an email: firstname.lastname@example.org or get in touch via social media.We publish agendas prior to each meeting and the minutes of previous meetings are publically available.