Four new coun­cil­lors voted to coun­cil to serve across re­gion

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FOUR new coun­cil­lors have won seats in Ward 21, Fort Wil­liam and Ard­na­mur­chan and Ward 11, Caol and Mal­laig, while three ex­ist­ing coun­cil­lors have been re- elected, writes El­lie Forbes.

At the Scot­tish coun­cil elec­tions on Thurs­day May 5, Andrew Bax­ter (In­de­pen­dant) was re- elected and Blair Al­lan (SNP), Ian Ra­mon (Con­ser­va­tive) and Niall McLean (SNP) elected to serve Fort Wil­liam and Ard­na­mur­chan.

Mr Bax­ter said: ‘Over the last five years, I’ve worked hard to rep­re­sent our area on the coun­cil.

‘I’ve al­ways taken a no-non­sense ap­proach, speak­ing my mind and ar­gu­ing the case for Lochaber at ev­ery op­por­tu­nity, even when that has made me un­pop­u­lar with coun­cil of­fi­cers or fel­low coun­cil­lors.

‘I said I would con­tinue that ap­proach if re- elected. Local res­i­dents clearly sup­ported that ap­proach by re- elect­ing me last Thurs­day.’

Mr Al­lan said: ‘While I am de­lighted to have been elected, I am also very grate­ful for, yet hum­bled and priv­i­leged by, the con­fi­dence that the peo­ple of the ward have placed in me – I will do my level best to live up to their high ex­pec­ta­tions. In of­fer­ing my con­grat­u­la­tions to the other suc­cess­ful can­di­dates in Lochaber, I would also like to say how much I am look­ing for­ward to work­ing with them to help make Lochaber an even bet­ter place in which to live and work.’ Mr McLean told the Lochaber

Times: ‘I am ex­cited to work hard for ward 21 and am very grate­ful for all the sup­port I have re­ceived dur­ing the

process. I plan to get out round the ward in the short-term and lis­ten to peo­ple’s needs and con­cerns.’

The Lochaber Times could not reach Mr Ra­mon for a com­ment.

For Ward 11, Ben Thomp­son (In­de­pen­dent) and Al­lan Hen­der­son (In­de­pen­dent) were re- elected, while SNP coun­cil­lor Wil­liam MacLach­lan was newly elected.

Mr MacLach­lan said: ‘I am de­lighted to be elected with huge thanks to all who voted for me. Un­for­tu­nately I was laid low with a se­vere flu bug so did not get out and about for over a week, but I’m look­ing for­ward to meet­ing as many peo­ple as pos­si­ble in the months ahead.’

In­de­pen­dent Mr Thomp­son added: ‘I’m de­lighted to be elected and want to thank those who voted for me. I’m look­ing for­ward to work­ing hard for ev­ery­one across my ward. I’m also look­ing for­ward to es­tab­lish­ing a good work­ing re­la­tion­ship with all the Lochaber coun­cil­lors – re­turn­ing and new.’

Mr Hen­der­son said: ‘I am de­lighted that the elec­torate of Ward 11 have shown con­fi­dence and faith in me by elect­ing me to rep­re­sent them for a third term.

‘Thanks also to all who helped me dur­ing the can­vass­ing pe­riod, which re­minds us just what a beau­ti­ful, large and var­ied ward we rep­re­sent.

‘I will con­tinue to en­deav­our to help and be avail­able where pos­si­ble and con­tinue to fight Lochaber’s cor­ner for a fair share as the High­land Coun­cil moves to more de­cen­tralised work­ing and bud­gets with more local in­put.’

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