What is a Community Council?
Scotland set up this most local tier of government several years ago and Furnace is one of 56 in the Argyll and Bute Council area.
Here we discuss many and varied issues which affect the village and its residents. Regular items, for example, are the environment (we organise regular village cleanups), planning issues, roads, and other infrastructure issues. Working closely with our local councillors we have been able to get roads resurfaced, introduce speed limits etc.
The council also receives funding from the An Suidhe Windfarm Trust which enables us to fund small projects within the community up to £250 each – to a total of £1,000 each year.
When do we Meet?
The community council usually meets on the 4th Thursday of the month at 7.30pm in Furnace Village Hall. All meetings are open to residents and minutes of the meetings are posted here, on the village notice board outside the hall and on the Everything Furnace Facebook page. A local councillor and representation from the police do try and attend.
Community Council Members
Every 4 years residents elect Community Council members with up to two co-optees allowed to swell the ranks and learn the ropes.