Bute Community Council by-election hopes dashed

Election votes being counted.

Election votes being counted.

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The chances of a vacant place on Bute Community Council being filled in a spring by-election appear to have been dashed.

Following Kevin Bye’s resignation in January, and a lengthy debate on when and how to replace him at BCC’s February meeting last week, secretary Mick Common told community councillors that Argyll and Bute Council - which organises by-elections - might be willing to hold one on Bute in April.

But after a further update from Argyll and Bute, Mr Common has now advised BCC members that the April round of by-elections will only be for community councils which do not currently have enough members to be properly constituted.

At present it is unclear where this leaves BCC and the question of how to fill the vacant position.

Five people stood for two places at the last BCC by-election, in November 2014, while 26 candidates stood for the 20 available places at the island’s last full community council election, in October 2013.

Both polls represented by far the highest level of interest in any community council in the Argyll and Bute area.