Lilliesleaf, Ashkirk and Midlem Community Council seeks members

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Lilliesleaf, Ashkirk and Midlem Community Council is holding an election for the eight available places on the organisation.

Nomination forms are available until Monday, July 8 from the Returning Officer, Councillor Gordon Edgar, the Smiddy in Ashkirk, the Jammy Coo in Lilliesleaf and from the Scottish Borders Council website: www.scotborders.gov.uk/communitycouncilelections.

Completed forms should be returned to Councillor Edgar by midday on July 8 and, depending on the number of valid forms received, the new community council will be declared on Monday, July 15.

Should less than four nominations be received a new community council cannot be declared and six months will have to pass before nominations can be called for again.

If between four and eight valid nominations are received a new community council will be declared and a meeting of the new council called.

If more than eight valid nominations are received a ballot will then take place.

Councillor Edgar said: “Active community councils are vital in small villages like these. They undertake so many small projects and act as the link between the community and organisations such as Scottish Borders Council and NHS Borders. “The community council that covers these villages also covers the large surrounding area so it would be fantastic if we could get candidates from not just the three villages, but the extended area.”

The community council covers the area from Whitslade in the south east to Kippielaw Mains to the north east.