Deadline for community council nominations extended
The deadline for nominations from people wanting to stand for their local Community Council has been extended until 5pm on Monday 18 September.
Although a number of local folk have stepped up to the challenge and submitted nominations forms, additional nominations are being sought as a few areas have not reached the minimum number required to establish a Community Council.
Any individual aged 16 or over may stand for the Community Council that represents their home address, providing that they are on the electoral register.
Nomination forms can be obtained from the Democratic Services team at the Council by phoning 01856886622 or by emailing Maureen Spence. Further information is also available on the Community Council Elections section of this website.
Orkney has 20 Community Councils. They play an important role in local democracy by representing local views which can influence decisions in the planning and provision of local services.
Councillor James Stockan is the Leader of Orkney Islands Council. He said: “Community Councils feed back to the Council on how a range of proposals might affect specific communities and how the Council’s plans could be improved. They’re also a great way for communities to take the lead in assisting with local service delivery and helping us meet the financial challenges ahead.”