community council

We'd like to be an organisation that: 

  • Acts as a bridge between citizens and public authorities

  • Works at a local level, open to all citizens to attend meetings and take part in public deliberation

  • Consists of people who volunteer, to help address issues on behalf of their local community.

  • As with other democratic institutions, works more democratically when interest and awareness and voting turnout are higher

  • Enables people to engage in political decision making and current issues, without having party politics as a basis for contribution.

  • Is a way for people with little experience of politics to get involved.

Community Council members


I'm Joan.  I lived in Malaysia for 2 years as a VSO Speech Therapist. It changed my life in lots of ways especially as that’s where I met Danny, my husband of 42 years.


I am really enthusiastic, optimistic and excited about being part of the community council.  I am very keen to encourage people to become involved.

Joan is the Chair.

Emily McLaughlin

I'm Emily - I have been part of a book group for 11 years but my other passion is board games and I currently have over ninety of them.

It is important to me that the community is something everyone feels part of, that people have access to information and get to have a say about the things that matter to them.

Emily is the Secretary

fiona berrow

I'm Fiona and I enjoy baking and having adventures with my young daughter and I teach in a nearby primary school.


I enjoy the natural world and would love to enhance the feeling of community and get people involved.  I do a lot of orienteering and represented Scotland for many years, and Great Britain at the Junior World championship.

Fiona is the treasurer.


I'm Sue and I have been enjoying exploring photography  and have a daily photo blog. 

Fairness is really important to me, it is important to treat people with respect.  

I would really like to see a community meeting place in Riverside.

Sue  is the Vice Chair

Alison swanson

I'm Alison - I have an allotment and volunteer in environmental and food related projects.  I also enjoy walking dogs, especially 'oodles.

I want to see a visible community council in place that encourages all types of people to participate.  I want there to be positive opportunities to shape the place where we live.




Associate members

Riverside Community Council is privileged to be supported by our associate members who help us with their expertise.

Di Alderdice - Active and Sustainable Travel

Phil Boydell - Community Resilience

Fiona Dyet - Defibrillators

David Sherman - Communications

Andrew Fraser - Roads and Planning

Past Members - thank you

Riverside Community Council would like to say an enormous thank you to Isabella Gorska who has been a member of the community council for many years.  We are very sad to see her go and appreciate all the hard work, time and knowledge she has given to Riverside over the years.

Riverside Community Council wants to say a huge thank you to Ian Boa for working with us during our first year and taking on the position of treasurer and being a valuable voice and great support to us all.