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Returning officer June Murray.

Returning officer June Murray.

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Residents are being invited to stand for election to the 80 community councils across North Lanarkshire.

Elections take place every four years, and existing community councillors will stand down on October 7.

Nominations packs have been sent to community councils and are also available from North Lanarkshire Council Forms must be submitted by 4pm on Tuesday.

If more nominations are received than vacancies exist, an election will be held for those community councils.

Where the number of nominations received is fewer than the number of vacancies, those nominees will be elected unopposed.

Returning officer June Murray said: “Community councils are voluntary organisations, run by local people who care about their communities, and have an important part to play in local democracy.

“They should listen to the views of residents and work closely with the local authority to represent those views in local decision making.

“Community councils are consulted on planning and licensing applications, and take part in the Local Area Partnership meetings, and members will received training from the local authority to support them in their role.

“I would encourage local people to consider becoming involved in their community council, and continue their invaluable work in helping us to make North Lanarkshire a better place to live.”