|Broxburn Community Council was reformed in August 2010 after a long period of being non-active.
Community councils have a legal right to exist, their main duties being:
- Determine the views of the community on local issues and express these to the council and other public bodies.
- Safeguard and promote the best interests of the area.
- Arrange action within the community.
West Lothian Council is keen to share its decision-making powers with local people and values the role community councils
have to play in this process. Regular consultation takes place with community councils on a wide range of issues
including, planning applications, local plans, decentralisation and community planning.
West Lothian Council has drawn up a scheme such that every area in the district is covered by a community council.
West Lothian is currently divided up into 42 community councils, each with an approved size of 8, 12 or 18 members,
depending on the population covered. (A community council can only be formed if at least half the number of people
required to make up that council are nominated). Details of addresses in each area, area maps and approved sizes
can be viewed at West Lothian Civic Centre, Livingston.
At the time of the election in 2010, Broxburn Community Council had an approved size of 8 elected members.
From that election 5 members were nominated and elected with 3 other ordinary members and 2 youth members joining
shortly after inauguration. Within a short period of time, the interest in the Community Council grew to the extent
that permissions had to be sought from West Lothian Council to increase the approved size to 12 and hold an
interim election. This resulted in a membership of 11 members and 2 youth members.