The Community Council usually meets each month in the Hall. Meeting dates are posted on the Shop Notice Board. Meetings are open to all on the island.

Current Community Councilors are:

David Hobhouse, Alex Howard, Jane Howard, Kevin Byrne, Hellen Mann, Liz McNicholl and Richard Butterick. 

We can be contacted at Our own website is at  The Community Council administers a Common Good Fund, and details will be found on our website.

Colonsay may have up to ten Community Councillors and by-elections are held twice each year to fill any vacancies.  Notice of by-elections are posted in the Service Point and shop notice boards.

Community Councils are the most local tier of statutory representation in Scotland. They bridge the gap between local authorities and communities, and help to make public bodies aware of the opinions and needs of the communities they represent.

Their primary purpose is to ascertain and express the views of the community to the local authority and other public bodies. Many Community Councils also involve themselves in a wide range of other activities including fundraising, organising community events, undertaking environmental and educational projects and much more.

The objectives of Colonsay Community Council, as set out in our constitution, are:

  • To ascertain, co-ordinate and reflect the views of the community which it represents, to liaise with other community groups within the area, and to fairly express the diversity of opinions and outlooks of the people;
  • To express the views of the community to the local authority for the area to public authorities and other organisations;
  • To take such action in the interests of the community as appears to it to be desirable and practicable;
  • To promote the well-being of the community and to foster community spirit;
  • To be a means whereby the people of Colonsay shall be able to voice their opinions on any matter affecting their lives, their welfare, their environment, its development and amenity.

Colonsay Moorings Development

A Marine License Application for the 10 moorings due to go into Queen’s Bay was submitted to the Crown Estate in March. CCDC also submitted an application to Marine Scotland in late April. Both these applications have had a considerable amount of input from MOWI who are one of our key match-funders for this development. We hope to hear if our applications are successful in the next six to eight weeks. MOWI would like to see the moorings installed as soon as possible, but as you would expect, COVID-19 has impacted many of the administrative and physical processes required to see the 2 tonne anchor blocks put in place. Similarly, the Path Development has been delayed due to an inability to source materials. Our funder, Paths for All, are understanding of the situation and are willing to work with us on this. Colonsay Estate has agreed in principle to the path up to the church and we are working through the details with them.  
In the meantime, CCDC have been corresponding with other marine establishments, and are working on a management plan which incorporates an online booking system for the moorings.  
If anyone has any thoughts or questions about the moorings. Please contact Roz Jewell: