Community Council elections

Community Councils

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 are now invited from Wednesday, 18 January 2017 for persons seeking election to the following Community Councils:

  • Fort William Community Council
  • Merkinch Community Council
  • Nigg and Shandwick Community Council

The deadline for receiving nominations is 4pm on Wednesday 1 February 2017.  

Notice of Election and more information

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.

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