Ap­peal to stand for com­mu­nity coun­cils

The Oban Times - - Lochaber Times -

NOM­I­NA­TIONS are be­ing sought for four Lochaber com­mu­nity coun­cils af­ter res­ig­na­tions left mem­ber­ship num­bers be­low half of what is re­quired.

Com­mu­nity coun­cil elec­tions will be held for 13 ar­eas across the High­lands, in­clud­ing Fort Wil­liam, Morvern, Caol and Achar­a­cle.

Fort Wil­liam Com­mu­nity Coun­cil was dis­banded last Jan­uary fol­low­ing a mass res­ig­na­tion by mem­bers who claimed they were ‘tired of be­ing ig­nored’.

Since then, in ac­cor­dance with statu­tory guide­lines, the High­land Coun­cil has held three elec­tions when in­di­vid­u­als were in­vited to put them­selves up for nom­i­na­tion in a bid to get the coun­cil re­in­stated. This will be the fourth time the coun­cil has at­tempted to re­form it.

Caol Com­mu­nity Coun­cil is cur­rently in abeyance af­ter two coun­cil­lors, in­clud­ing the chair­woman, re­signed in June. The two res­ig­na­tions left four elected com­mit­tee mem­bers, plus two co- opted coun­cil­lors, who are not cur­rently ‘of­fi­cially’ counted.

The coun­cil states there must be a core mem­ber­ship of five. As pre­vi­ously re­ported in the Lochaber

Times, it is hoped elec­tions will be held in Oc­to­ber.

At the time John Gille­spie, vice- chair­man, said: ‘Hope­fully there will be an early op­por­tu­nity to re­con­sti­tute the coun­cil and I would en­cour­age peo­ple to put them­selves for­ward.’

Morvern and Achar­a­cle com­mu­nity coun­cils are also in abeyance.

A High­land Coun­cil spokesper­son said: ‘The dead­line for re­ceiv­ing nom­i­na­tions for all the com­mu­nity coun­cils is 4pm on Tues­day Au­gust 15 and elec­tions will take place on Thursday Septem­ber 14.

‘The need to hold elec­tions has come about due to the res­ig­na­tion of some mem­bers, which has brought the com­mu­nity coun­cils down to be­low half of their mem­ber­ships.’

To stand for elec­tion, you must be on the cur­rent elec­toral reg­is­ter for the com­mu­nity coun­cil area or, if aged 16 or 17 years, have com­pleted a voter reg­is­tra­tion ap­pli­ca­tion. Nom­i­na­tion forms can be down­loaded from the High­land Coun­cil web­site, by email to elec­tions@ high­land.gov.uk or by phon­ing 01349 886606.

Nom­i­na­tions for the four Lochaber com­mu­nity coun­cils must be re­turned to ward man­ager Dot Ferguson.

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