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Our Role

We are a residents’ forum and pressure group for the Merchant City & Trongate area of Glasgow. We are consulted officially by Glasgow City Council on planning and licensing applications and we are the residents’ representatives on outside bodies/committees. Read our constitution.

Community Councils act as a voice for their local area. They must ascertain and express the views of the community to local authorities and other public bodies, and to take action which appears to be in the interests of its community. They can complement the role of the local authority but are not part of local government. They should have a positive working partnership with the local authority – therefore they must be informed on the council’s policies, and keep the council updated on their activities.

We cover an area of Glasgow stretching from St Enoch’s Square in the West to High Street/Saltmarket in the East, from the river north to George Street. Within our boundaries you’ll find George Square, City Chambers, the Merchant City, Tron Theatre and Trongate Steeple, as well as galleries, museums and the bustling nightlife of the Merchant City.

We are part of the North West Glasgow Area Partnership.


We meet in the City Chambers, but also stream our meetings via Zoom.

Next Meeting

Visit our Meetings page to view approved meeting minutes.

Community Councillors

  • Chair: Tam Coyle
  • Vice Chair: Gary Atkinson and Scott Thornton
  • Secretary: Scott Thornton
  • Treasurer: Gordon Miller
  • Gary Atkinson
  • Alice Cowan
  • David Cowan
  • Peter Hayman
  • Niall McColl
  • Colin McKay
  • Ros Wardley-Smith

Representation on outside bodies

  • Area Partnership: Gary Atkinson
  • Merchant City Festival: Tam Coyle
  • North West Partnership: Scott Thornton


MCTCC is in Ward 10 (Anderston/City/Yorkhill) of Glasgow City Council.

Our local Councillors join our meetings when they can and give short updates on their activities; this is a unique opportunity to ask them about issues that affect our area.

Contact details for our Councillors are available from the Glasgow City Council website.

More about Community Councils

Glasgow City Council

Scottish Community Councils

About Area Partnerships

MCTCC are part of the Anderston/City/Yorkhill Area Partnership, which is part of the Glasgow Community Planning Partnership, which is a body set up to bring together the public, private, voluntary and third sectors for the benefit of the community.

About our Website

Our website is designed and managed by Niall McColl

Unless otherwise attributed, all images and logos are (c) 2023 Merchant City & Trongate Community Council.


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