Five stand in Bute Community Council by-election

Five candidates are standing for two vacant seats in a by-election for Bute Community Council.
Five candidates are standing for two vacant seats in a by-election for Bute Community Council.

Five Bute residents will stand for election to the island’s community council later this month.

Two vacant seats, created by the death of one long-serving Bute Community Council member, Duncan McDougall, and the retiral of another, Gertie Reynolds will be contested by:

* Tony Harrison, The Huf Haus, Ascog;

* Marlene Hill, 32 Castle Street, Rothesay;

* Nina McDonald, 6 Crichton Road, Rothesay;

* Hugh Moodie, 12 Bryce Avenue, Rothesay;

* William Scott, 23 Argyle Place, Rothesay.

In an indication that interest in the first rung of local democracy on Bute is as high as ever, the island is home to one of only two community councils in the Argyll and Bute area where the election will be contested.

The only other contested election will be for the community council in Oban, where eight candidates will fight over six vacant seats.

Thirty-two community councils asked that a by-election be held, but in seven of those, not a single person came forward as a candidate.

In the remaining 23, the number of available seats was greater than the number of candidates, meaning each candidate will be formally elected without a contest.

Postal ballot papers in the Bute by-election will be sent out soon to every person on the electoral roll on the island; completed ballot papers must reach Argyll and Bute Council (postage free) by Thursday, November 27.