Landward Caithness council by-election date set

The by-election is to replace Robert Coghill. Picture: Jane Barlow
The by-election is to replace Robert Coghill. Picture: Jane Barlow
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A DATE has been set for a by-election in a Highland Council ward. The Landward Caithness by-election is being held on Thursday, 2 May, to find a successor to Councillor Robert Coghill (Ind) who stepped down last month following medical advice.

Nomination papers are now available.

Landward Caithness is one of 22 wards within the Highland area and has a population of 11,290 with the main centres being Halkirk, John O’ Groats, Castletown, Dunbeath and Lybster. The electorate is 8,546.

Mr Coghill was elected in 2007 and was re-elected in May of last year. He was one of four Councillors representing Landward Caithness. The other Ward members are councillors David Bremner, Willie Mackay and Alex MacLeod.

The Highland Council is made up of 80 elected members. The current representation is Independent 34, SNP 21, Liberal Democrats 14, Labour 8, Independent Nationalist 2 with one vacancy for the Landward Caithness ward.