local by-election could indeed be only a few weeks away - strong rumour is that it's likely to be Thursday 18th August, which is the week prior to the next, but one, Council Meeting on 25th August.
I do though foresee a few practical problems with such a hasty timetable ... which ultimately, the local SNP/Lib-Dem Coalition can dictate:
... a lot of people could still be on holiday; the dispatch of postal votes etc. will need to be organised literally in a few weeks time; and thus printing of ballot material will also need to be organised literally in a couple of weeks time - straight after the 30th June Council Meeting; and several polling stations in the Ward are 'fringe' venues and may already be booked!
Might be wiser to wait until September?
Anyhow, none of this has prevented candidates being lined up already, with news this afternoon that an Independent anti-tram candidate (John Carson) is going to throw his hat into the ring ...
... looks like it could indeed be a very interesting contest!