In the last issue we made you aware of the upcoming Community Council elections for Tiree.
There are nine candidates who each bring their individual personality and skill to the table and who collectively create a strong cross section of island knowledge and experience. The candidates are:
Donald Campbell, Ian Gillies, Dr. John Holliday, Alison Kennedy, John MacCaskill, Frazer MacInnes, Angus Mackechnie, Ross MacLennan and Rosemary Omand. Candidate statements on why you should vote for them can be found on the Argyll and Bute Council-below is the URL.
In addition to this, there is a timetable detailing the stages of the election including significant dates, and contact addresses for each of the candidates.
This is your chance to select the representatives you would like to see leading Tiree into its promising future. Not just for the tourist season, but all year round, for the needs and concerns of all who call Tiree their home; the young, the older generation and all ages in between. Vote to make this not only a historic year for Scotland, but a historic year for our island.
Don’t forget it’s a postal vote!
Following a short campaign by local Tiree residents it is now confirmed by Argyll & Bute Council that elections for a new Community Council on Tiree will go ahead on Thursday the 26th June.
This will be an election that is out of the normal Community Council election cycle, but has been agreed to by Argyll & Bute Council as a special case due to the pressing need for our community to have a statutory `voice’.
There are a great many issues on Tiree that a Community Council can become involved with. Many of a Community Council’s functions and responsibilities have a statutory background, particularly with certain important public consultations. It is very much hoped that a good cross-section of residents, who feel that they can help with the varied responsibilities and commitments of being a Community Councillor, will consider seeking nomination.
The process of nomination is necessarily fairly formal, but nevertheless quite straightforward. Details of where and how to obtain your nomination form are given in the formal notice of election. A Community Council can have an enormous impact on the future of Tiree, and can also be very rewarding, in terms of making a significant contribution within your own community.
Argyll & Bute Council’s Electoral Returning Officer agreed this week that early elections, for up to eight new Community Councillors, will take place in June.
The news comes after weeks of campaigning by local people in Tiree, keen to see a Community Council formed soon.
Normally by-elections (which this will be) are held annually, so one would not have taken place until the end of this year. However, after intensive representations were made to councillors, officials and the Returning Officer, the case for an early election was successfully made.
The news was particularly welcomed by John MacCaskill, who had set the ball rolling with a letter in the Tirisdeach a few weeks ago. “I’m very pleased with this outcome, which is exactly what many of us had hoped for. Ferry and air services, education, roads, coastal erosion, the loss of population and retail outlets are all topical issues in Tiree. A new Community Council won’t find itself short of issues to pursue. I hope that a wide range of candidates with a good variety of skills now put themselves forward at the June elections and start to get Tiree’s voice heard”.