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Kiltearn and Wester Loch Ewe community council ballot papers sent out by Highland Council as candidates make their pitch


By Hector MacKenzie

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BALLOT papers for two contested Ross-shire community council elections have been sent out today.

Contested community councils in the Highland Council area include Kiltearn and Wester Loch Ewe.

They are amongst ten contested Highland community councils in the current round.

Highland Council is now reminding voters that ballot papers need to be completed and returned by the deadline of noon on Monday, November 27.

News of contested community councils is in stark contrast to a number of areas where insufficient candidates came forward. These include Muir of Ord, Balintore and Hilton, Nigg and Shandwick, Resolis and Tain.

Candidates were invited to submit a statement to support their candidacy and these statements are now published online at the community council elections section of the council’s website: www.highland.gov.uk/ccelections

Community councils are voluntary organisations that act as a voice for their local area. They express views and concerns of local people within their area across a wide range of issues such as new buildings and roads to local services and facilities.

They also have legal duties: by law, Highland Council must consult with community councils on planning and licensing applications in their area.

In some areas, community councils receive community benefit money from wind farm projects which they can reinvest in the community. Others are involved in setting up community development companies which can lead on larger scale projects to improve the area.

Community councils also work to make positive changes in their local communities. Some community councils have worked to improve patient transport, dental services and care services as well as looking at ways to improve their environment for the good of the community and visitors to the area.

The counting of the votes for the ten contested community councils will take place from noon onwards on Monday, November 27 and the count process will be broadcast live on the council’s social media channels.

The contested community councils in Highland are:

Bettyhill, Strathnaver and Altnaharra

Croy and Culloden Moor

Dunvegan

Glengarry

Kiltearn

Melvich

Spean Bridge, Roy Bridge and Achnacarry

Thurso

Watten

Wester Loch Ewe


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