Four Moray wards will go to the polls to decide Community Councils

People in Moray have responded to a call to serve on community councils with the local authority revealing today that four will go to the polls.

Strong appeals for nominations had been issued for the community representative bodies in the hope that would result in elections taking place, with only one such vote having been required in Moray since community councils were first created.

The five elections over four councils that will require a ballot to decide who represents their communities are Lossiemouth, Burghead & Cummingston, Findhorn & Kinloss and two sub-divisions on the Buckie & District Community Council.

Voters in these areas will receive ballot papers by post on or around October 18, with these having to be returned to the electoral office not later than 5pm on Thursday, October 31.

A total of 11 community councils will be formed without the need to hold a ballot, each having received fewer nominations than seats but with sufficient numbers to form.

Five areas will have no community council representation. Dyke failed to form after three names were put forward with a minimum of four required, Finderne had just one nomination and Speyside, where a minimum of five nominations was required, attracted just two.

Two areas – Hopeman & Covesea and Glenlivet – failed to attract a single nomination.