Community Council elections
Scheme for the Establishment of Community Councils
Community Councils are voluntary organisations that express the views and concerns of local people within their area across a wide range of issues from new buildings and roads to local services and facilities.
We are responsible for the running the Community Council elections and Members are elected every four years to represent the Community council area. If there are less candidates than seats, no election will be held. If the membership of the community council falls to less than half, then the Community Council shall not operate until there are enough members.
Interim Elections – Thursday 2 March 2017
Nominations were invited from Tuesday, 17 January to 1 February 2017 for candidates wishing to serve on the Highland Community Councils.
Fort William Community Council - as the total number of validly nominated candidates was less than the minimum number needed, the Community Council will not be established at this time.
Merkinch Community Council - 3 candidates were validly nominated for this Community Council and, as the number of candidates nominated was equal to or less than the number of councillors to be returned, no poll will take place, and by not later than 11 am. on the day of election the candidates shall be declared to be elected as councillors for the Merkinch Community Council.
Nigg and Shandwick Community Council - the number of candidates validly exceeded the total maximum permitted membership as specified for the Community Council area. An election will now take place and each elector will be entitled to vote for a number of candidates up to 7. The ballot papers will be posted out second class on 15 February 2017 and must be returned to the Returning Officer, The Highland Council, Election Office, Glenurquhart Road, Inverness in the pre-paid envelope provided by no later than 12 noon on Thursday, 2 March 2017. The counting of the votes will be held on Friday 3 March 2017 starting at 10.30 am at Drummuie, Golspie, KW10 6TA. The successful 7 candidates will be those with the highest number of votes.
The next dates scheduled for interim elections:
- Thursday, 22 June 2017 (Nominations open on Wednesday, 10 May 2017)
- Thursday, 22 October 2017 (Nominations open on Wednesday, 13 September 2017)
Those Community Councils listed below failed to form following elections held in November 2015, March 2016 and September 2016 and will now be formally dissolved. Should the communities wish to re-establish these Community Councils, a petition of 20 electors must be required, as set out in paragraph 13.2 of the Community Council Scheme. In the future, only 2 attempts will be made to re-establish Community Councils which fail to form.
- Holm Community Council
- Laggan Community Council
- Lochbroom Communtiy Council
- Stromeferry and Achmore Community Council
The maximum membership of each of the 154 Highland Community Councils is determined by the population it serves and varies from 7 to 13 members. Community Councils are voluntary organisations that act as a voice for their local area. They express the views and concerns of local people within their area on a wide range of issues. For more information, please see our Community Council page.