The City of Edinburgh Council’s :

  • Scheme for Community Councils is here and
  • Community Council Guidance Notes are here.


  • Sam Piacentini, Chair
  • Mike Wilson, Secretary
  • Vacant, Treasurer
  • Marie Mcarthur
  • John Mitchell
  • Elspeth Wills

Stefan Maurice is on a six-month leave of absence. This ends on 7th December 2020.

Patrick Keady is on a five-month leave of absence. This ends on 6th April 2021.

Local Interest Groups

Local interest groups must fulfil the requirements of Schedule 2, point 2 (page 15) before they are registered by The City of Edinburgh Council. The City Council can choose to deregister local interest groups under Schedule 2, point 12 (see page 16).

  • Edinburgh Old Town Association
    • EOTA’s nominated representative resigned on 2nd December 2020
  • Save Edinburgh Central Library
    • Registered with the City of Edinburgh Council in September 2018
    • Deregistered in October 2020.
    • SECL’s nominated representative ceased to be a Member of Old Town Community Council in October 2020


They include the MP and MSP for Old Town – and City of Edinburgh City Centre Councillors

  • Tommy Sheppard MP
  • Ruth Davidson MSP
  • Councillor Karen Doran
  • Councillor Claire Miller
  • Councillor Joanna Mowat
  • Councillor Alasdair Rankin




To represent the Residents of Edinburgh Old Town


We focus on what matters to people living in Abbeyhill, Grassmarket, Princes Street Gardens and The Royal Mile. This is done by :

  • listening to residents in Old Town and influencing what happens in their areas.
  • bringing local groups together
  • consulting with residents
  • contributing to local issues such as, planning, licensing and environmental projects
  • working in partnership with Councillors, MSPs, MPs, 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.
  • developing and delivering local community plans that help improve the experience of living in Old Town.

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.

Getting involved

There are lots of ways for you to 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.