Third try at form­ing com­mu­nity coun­cil fails

The Oban Times - - News -

A THIRD at­tempt to re-form a com­mu­nity coun­cil in Fort Wil­liam has failed.

Fol­low­ing a mass res­ig­na­tion in Jan­uary 2016, Fort Wil­liam Com­mu­nity Coun­cil (FWCC) was dis­banded. Since then two elec­tion at­tempts have been held to al­low FWCC to be re- es­tab­lished. Both ef­forts turned out to be in vain and FWCC was of­fi­cially dis­solved in Novem­ber.

It is un­der­stood a pe­ti­tion was then cre­ated which re­ceived 20 sig­na­tures, so the High­land Coun­cil in­vited can­di­dates wish­ing to serve on FWCC to come for­ward for a third time.

Nom­i­na­tions were in­vited from Tues­day, Jan­uary 17 to Fe­bru­ary 1, but HC con­firmed that be­cause the num­ber of validly nom­i­nated can­di­dates was less than the min­i­mum re­quired, the com­mu­nity coun­cil will not be es­tab­lished at this time.

Duncan Brown is part of For Lochaber which formed af­ter the com­mu­nity coun­cil was orig­i­nally dis­solved.

He said: ‘This is the sec­ond largest town in High­lands and we don’t have a com­mu­nity coun­cil. It re­ally is re­gret­table.’

For Lochaber meets on the third Tues­day of ev­ery month up­stairs in The House of Clan Jam­frie.

A coun­cil spokesper­son said: ‘Should com­mu­ni­ties wish to re- es­tab­lish a com­mu­nity coun­cil, a pe­ti­tion of 20 elec­tors must be re­quired, as set out in para­graph 13.2 of the com­mu­nity coun­cil scheme.’

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