Appeal to stand for community councils
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.