THE CURRENT term for community councils ends in September and in the coming weeks there will be publicity encouraging nominations for members.
Nominations opened on Tuesday, August 22.
I have been the chairman of Findhorn and Kinloss Community Council for the past eight years, and I will be standing down at the end of this term in the hope my place will be taken by new younger blood!
Many of my colleagues will also be standing down as they too have served for many years and feel that an injection of new blood will benefit the Findhorn and Kinloss community.
Our hope is that there will be sufficient nominations to fill the five seats for Findhorn and the five for Kinloss – ideally, in the interests of democracy, it would be preferable to have more nominations than seats available so there has to be a postal election.
Community councils promote the interests of the local community and as a result of the Scottish Government’s Community Empowerment Act, it is likely their importance will increase in the future. They have a statutory right to be consulted on local planning and other issues.
Sometimes our views have not been supported. There have been some challenging issues in recent times: the planning application for the Findhorn Beach Huts, the petition to ban wildfowling in Findhorn Bay and our campaign to save our Stagecoach bus service spring to mind.
We deal with many subjects, including planning, road safety issues, signage, funding for repairs to the beach road, street lighting, dog fouling, refuse collection points, drainage and parking.
There is a meeting monthly – except in July and December – and access to the internet and familiarity with e-mail are almost essential.
Like our Moray council colleagues, community councillors need to be able to absorb information and be able to form and express an opinion.
To be eligible you must be age 16 or over, reside in the community council area and be on the electoral roll for Kinloss and Findhorn.
It would be very sad if there were insufficient nominations to form the Findhorn and Kinloss Community Council for the new four-year term, which will be starting up in October.
Chairman of Kinloss and Findhorn Community Council