National Park Members Election 2010 – Update

The Park Authority is  looking for people to stand for election to the National Park board. Five members will be elected by the residents of five wards:
  1. Cowal and North Loch Lomond
  2. Breadalbane and the Trossachs
  3. Callander
  4. East Loch Lomond and Port of Menteith
  5. West Loch Lomond and Balloch.
Stirling Council is organising the election on behalf of the Park Authority and their Chief Executive, Bob Jack, is the Returning Officer.
For more detail about the role follow the link below. If you are interested, then you need to complete a nomination pack – you don’t need to live in the Park, but you will need to have the support of residents.
The nomination packs and full details of the election, with detailed maps showing the wards, are on Stirling Council’s website.
If you would prefer to pick up a nomination pack they are also available at several local offices and libraries.
The postal ballot will take place at the end of June and votes will be counted at Carrochan, National Park HQ, on 1 July.

For an application form to vote by post (other than where registered) click here.

Election Timetable

On or before Wednesday 5th May 2010
Publication of Notice of Election

From Thursday 6 May to 4.00pm on Wednesday 26 May 2010
Delivery of nomination papers

From Thursday 6 May to 4.00pm on Wednesday 26 May 2010
Delivery of notices of withdrawal of candidature

By 5.00pm on Wednesday 26 May 2010
Absent voters must apply to Electoral Registration Officer by this date

By 4.00pm on Thursday 27 May 2010
Publication of statement of persons nominated

Thursday 10 June 2010
Ballot papers to be sent out

By Thursday 24 June 2010
Notice of appointment of counting agents to be given by the candidate to the Returning Officer by this date

Thursday 1 July 2010
Date of Poll
(Ballot papers to be returned by 4.00pm, Count in the evening)

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Angus Macmillan

Undemocratic National Parks In the year 2009, eleven years after devolution in Scotland, the Scottish Parliament introduced a consultation document under the National Parks (Scotland) Act 2000 which continues to discriminate against those residing in the Loch Lomond and the Trossachs areas by proposing nothing that reduces a substantial amount of power from the elected local authorities and placing it in the hands of National Park Authorities (NPAs) which are non-departmental public bodies (NDPBs) responsible to central government. This proposal continues the anomaly that those residing within national park boundaries do not enjoy the same level of local democracy as… Read more »