A new Community Council for Sleat?
Added at 14:37 on 05 February 2024
Officials and the four Elected Members representing Ward 10 Eilean a' Cheo have welcomed the news that 13 candidates from Sleat have nominated themselves to become community councillors in the forthcoming interim election. Those who wish to be in the postal ballot are now required to submit a short 75 word Candidate Statement expressing why they would like to be a member of a new Sleat Community Council which will have a term of office until Autumn 2027. This must be received by the Council via an e-form by 1200 on Tuesday 6th Feb (tomorrow).
Nominees have the option to withdraw and need also to submit in writing that desire by 1200 tomorrow.
(At the close of the withdrawal period, should the number of candidates validly nominated equal or exceed HALF, but be less than or equal to the total maximum permitted membership the said candidates will be declared elected from this date and no ballot shall be held).
Ballot papers including the candidate statements of each nominee going forward will be posted to each person on the electoral roll in Sleat on Tuesday 20th February with the election day being held on 19th March. All ballot papers must be returned by 1200 that day.
Members of the public can vote for up to 8 nominees in the ballot, if held, and are encouraged to cast their votes to ensure Sleat will be in a position to form a new community council after 19th March. There are some significant challenges ahead including producing a new Local Place Plan and contributing to a new Highland Wide Local Development Plan, cuts to public services including roads, housing needs, public transport which includes a new ferries contract for the west coast, health and social care, the environment and biodiversity, renewable energy, Gaelic language and culture and education to name but a few.
A new Sleat Community Council is YOUR community council, please play your part to help ensure new councIl can be formed in 2024.