Your chance to contribute to a better Bute

Nominations for community councils across Argyll and Bute are open from September 12 to 27, and elections, if required, will be held on October 31.
Nominations for community councils across Argyll and Bute are open from September 12 to 27, and elections, if required, will be held on October 31.

Are you fed up with the favourite Bute habit of sniping from the sidelines? Do you want to have a real say in shaping the future wellbeing of the island? Then here’s a simple thing you can do: stand for election to Bute Community Council.

Elections will be held for Bute Community Council, and the 55 other community councils across Argyll and Bute, on October 31 - and the two-week nomination period opens on September 12.

Community councils are voluntary organisations which have the right to be consulted about certain local government decisions which affect their areas. Members are elected by their communities and councils hold regular public meetings.

The purpose of a community council is to understand and recognise the views of people living in its area and actively represent local issues, needs and wishes to Argyll and Bute Council.

Anyone who wants to become a community councillor must be on the Electoral Register and live in the community council area. They should be nominated, with a proposer and a seconder who should also be registered voters living in the area.

From Wednesday, September 11, nomination packs will be available from Argyll and Bute Council’s customer service points (including Eaglesham House in Rothesay), from the local authority headquarters at Kilmory, and can also be downloaded from the council’s website.

The nomination period closes at 4pm on Friday, September 27. Elections will only be held if more nominations are received than there are places available.

Argyll and Bute Council’s lead councillor for support and customer services, Louise Glen-Lee, said: “Community councils have the potential to add real value and vibrancy to life in Argyll and Bute’s towns, villages and island communities. It is a real opportunity for people to help to shape public services in their local area.

“I would encourage anyone who is interested in getting involved to consider standing for election as a community councillor. It is interesting and challenging and can really make a difference, not only to life in your own community but to Argyll and Bute as a whole.”