Third at­tempt at form­ing Fort com­mu­nity coun­cil

The Oban Times - - News -

THE HIGH­LAND COUN­CIL has an­nounced it will make a third at­tempt to form a Fort Wil­liam com­mu­nity coun­cil de­spite it be­ing dis­banded last Novem­ber.

In De­cem­ber The Oban Times re­ported the news af­ter an anony­mous source claimed more than 20 peo­ple had signed a pe­ti­tion urg­ing the coun­cil to hold an­other elec­tion.

A High­land Coun­cil spokesper­son con­firmed the coun­cil re­ceived a pe­ti­tion from more than 20 peo­ple in the com­mu­nity re­quest­ing an elec­tion.

‘ We fol­low a statu­tory process which has be­gun to­day (Tues­day Jan­uary 17). The op­por­tu­nity is pro­moted on our web­site home­page, through so­cial me­dia and via the lo­cal press,’ said the spokesper­son.

Nom­i­na­tions are now be­ing sought, with the cut­off date set for 4pm on Wed­nes­day Fe­bru­ary 1 and elec­tions on Thurs­day March 2.

For­mer com­mu­nity coun­cil­lor Pa­tri­cia Jor­dan had mixed feel­ings on hear­ing the news. She said: ‘I am de­lighted there has been enough in­ter­est from peo­ple to hold an­other elec­tion. But it is a dis­grace the High­land Coun­cil has not pub­li­cised this more. Maybe it is not keen for the Fort Wil­liam com­mu­nity coun­cil to re­form – it al­ways has been a thorn in its side.

‘The com­mu­nity coun­cil is the voice of the peo­ple here. We need to have a body speak­ing for the com­mu­nity.’

Nom­i­na­tion forms can be down­loaded from www.high­land.gov.uk/info/799/elec­tions_ and_vot­ing/643/com­mu­ni­ty_­coun­cils by email­ing elec­tions@high­land.gov.uk or call­ing 01349 886606.

Forms should be sent to Dot Fer­gu­son, Se­nior Ward Man­ager, The High­land Coun­cil, Lochaber House, High Street, Fort Wil­liam, PH33 6EL, or emailed to dot.fer­gu­son@high­land.gov.uk by the dead­line date.

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