Com­mu­nity coun­cil elec­tions loom

The Oban Times - - News -

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.

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