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Community councillors play ‘vital role’ in local democracy

Nominations are open again for people wishing to join a community council.

Photo: Shetland News

NOMINATIONS are now open in the by-elections for Shetland’s vacant community council seats.

A total of 43 seats remain unfilled across the isles following last year’s main election and people now have another chance to apply to participate in local democracy and decision-making.

Nomination forms have to be submitted to Shetland Islands Council’s returning officer by 4pm on 7 February.

Dunrossness Community Council has the most seats to fill – six – while Delting and Gulberwick, Quarff & Cunningsburgh have five.

Only Skerries, Fetlar and Sandsting and Aithsting have their full complement.

Shetland Islands Council convener Malcolm Bell said: “Community councillors play a vital role in local democracy in that they represent and can champion their local areas.

“Community councils work best when all seats are filled and the area is fully represented. Sitting on a community council is also an excellent opportunity for those who might be considering standing for Shetland Islands Council at the next election.

“I urge anyone who is interested in the future of their locality to consider putting their name forward for these by-elections.”

Nomination forms can be found on the Shetland Islands Council website.