Waternish Community Council stage their AGM next week and are hoping that it will prove to be the catalyst for more local people to get involved.
Announcing the meeting on Monday 26 September, which begins at 7.30pm, Chair, Moira Scobbie said: “I hope we will get a good turn out from the community. It would be even more heartening if we could get some new members to come onto the committee; we have been running activities with just four members for some time now and it is becoming increasingly difficult to keep up with the issues, correspondence and meetings that come up. This is frustrating because not only does it mean that Waternish’s voice is not heard, it also means that the voice of the community generally is not heard.
“It is something to be proud of, however, that we do still have a functioning community council; many on Skye and further afield have gone into abeyance due to the lack of members (Portree and Braes is only just functioning again and it has access to the biggest population on the island).
“Over the past year we have represented individuals and Waternish on a wide range of issues; we responded to the local plan consultation, met with and lobbied Councillors about the Trumpan loop (half of which has now been resurfaced), the state of the road at Ardmore, road signage, hedge and grass cutting, public transport and signage.
“We always attend and play an active role at the Ward Forums. In addition to the day-to-day work, we respond to consultations from bodies such as the Council, Scottish Government and the NHS, and arrange events – like the ceilidh last summer and the Seniors’ Christmas Dinner – which as well as being excellent community events have raised funds towards the playpark and paid for a Pulse Oximeter for the First Responders.
“But we could be doing so much more! There could be more events, we could be applying for funds to support community projects, we could make more responses to consultations and ensure that Waternish’s voice is heard – but we need more people in order to do that. You don’t even have to become a full member of the Community Council, you can be an associate member and participate on specific issues or types of work.
"So – if you have a few hours to spare – we would love to hear from you. Either come along to the AGM or speak to one of the existing members.”