Community council elections loom
COMMUNITY councils across the Highlands will be re- elected this autumn and people are being reminded to nominate those who would improve their villages and towns.
This is a chance for people to represent the views of members of their own communities to Highland council and other public agencies. Community councils are voluntary organisations that act as a voice for their local area. The committees express the views and concerns of local people within their area across a wide range of issues from building projects, housing, roads, local services and facilities.
Community councils also have statutory duties - by law, Highland council must consult with community councils on planning and licensing applications in their area.
Over the years community councils have worked to change proposals on wind farm sites, improve dental and patient transport services and have helped to create community events.
Anyone can be a community councillor, provided they are aged 16 years or over, are on the electoral register and live within the community council boundary.
Visit http:// www.highland.gov.uk/ info/ 772/ politicians_ elections_ and_ democracy/364/community_councils/5 to find out more.