Residents are being urged to get involved in local life by serving on community councils across Argyll and Bute.
And a particular appeal has been made by Rosneath and Clynder Community Council, which currently has eight vacancies – if the places are not filled in forthcoming by-elections, it may mean the end of the community council serving the two villages.
Community councils are non-political organisations but have the important responsibility of representing the views of residents within their area to Argyll and Bute Council.
These include planning applications and the development of the area, provision of amenities, housing and many other issues affecting the place in which we live.
Rosneath and Clynder Community Council holds a monthly public meeting on the second Monday of the month at the Howie Pavilion in Rosneath and although members are encouraged to attend as many meetings as possible it is understood that other commitments may not always make this possible.
Community councillors will also have the opportunity to represent their area at a wide range of meetings and events.
Elsewhere in Helensburgh and Lomond, the following community councils will be holding elections on November 27: Rhu and Shandon, Cove and Kilcreggan, Luss and Arden, Helensburgh and Cardross.
Nomination papers have to be submitted by no later than 4pm on Monday October 27.
They must be posted to or taken in person to the Argyll and Bute Council offices at Scotcourt House, 45 West Princes Street, Helensburgh where they will be checked for you and your electoral role number added if you do not know it.
Community councillors must be aged 18 and over and be listed on the Electoral Register at an address within the community council area.
Full details of eligibility, the by-election timetable and a nomination pack can be found on the Argyll and Bute website.
Nomination packs are also available from Scotcourt House in Helensburgh.