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Lairg residents encouraged to vote for representatives

25 May 2016

Lairg residents will have the opportunity next Wednesday (1 June 2016) to elect two community representatives onto the SSE and E.ON Community Funds Panel following a recent open nomination period to replace two outgoing Panel members.

All residents of the Lairg Community Council area aged 18 and over are eligible to vote. Votes can be cast by attending a drop-in election on Wednesday 1 June 2016 from 2.45pm to 7.30pm at the Shin Suite in the Lairg Community Centre. Residents should bring ID with them showing their age and address.

There are two Lairg community representative vacancies on the Panel and four nominations have been received. Residents can vote for up to two people they wish to represent Lairg on the Panel which makes decisions on awards from the SSE Achany Community Fund and the E.ON Rosehall Community Fund.

The nominees are:
John Foley; Alasdair Marshall; Anne Morrison; and David Ross all residents of the Lairg Community Council area.

Carol Elliot, Foundation Scotland’s local contact for the E.ON Rosehall Community Fund said, “We have organised the election opening times to ensure as many people as possible are able to come along and vote. This allows parents picking up kids from school to drop-in; to catch folk on their way home from work; or to encourage those going to the Community Council meeting that evening to drop-in on their away. The names of the two successful candidates will be announced at the Lairg Community Council meeting and AGM being held at 7.30pm that same night.”

Nominations had also been invited for one vacancy in both the Creich Community Council area and the Ardgay & District Community Council area. As only one nomination was received for each of these vacancies both these nominees are elected unopposed. The new Creich community representative will be Lorraine Askew and the new Ardgay representative will be David Hannah. All new representatives will take up their places on the Panel from September.

The four new Panel members will work alongside existing community representatives. In total, there are four Panel members from each of the three Community Council areas serving on the decision making Panel, two are community representatives (serving a maximum of three years) and two are Community Councillors. The Panel of 12 meets approximately four times a year.


More information on the E.ON Rosehall Community Fund and how to apply can be found at: www.foundationscotland.org.uk/rosehall.

More information on the SSE Achany Community Fund and how to apply can be found at:
http://sse.com/beingresponsible/responsiblecommunitymember/localcommunityfunds/achany


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