A positive atmosphere in Brechin

Everyone who contributed to the success of the Harley Davidson in the City event were congratulated by the convener of the City of Brechin and District Community Council.

Community Councillor Grahame Lockhart commented: “I was very impressed with the turnout from the community which must have proved to all the organisers that locals and visitors alike were keen to support this inaugural event.

“This was the most recent of a series of events in Brechin this year which has seen the continuation of a positive atmosphere in Brechin.

“Many local residents said that it was a long time since they had seen so many people out enjoying themselves.

“This is something the community council is keen to help build on and our members are working with various groups to look at future events for Brechin and District.

“We will report on progress in due course.”

At the recent meeting on July 3 the group held their annual general meeting before members had a full report from local community officer PC Billy Rattray.

PC Rattray highlighted a number of issues affecting local people over recent months, advising that there are a number of scams being operated both from cold callers and bogus workmen.

He urged householders to be on their guard against cold callers and bogus workman who arrive unannounced at their door and offer services such as gardening work, hedge trimming, removal of rubbish, general tidy up or other services.

Such callers are known to adopt high-pressure sales techniques in an effort to get residents to agree to have work done.

It is often the home addresses of the elderly and the most vulnerable that are called upon.

Crime such as these, or any other suspicious activity, should be reported to Tayside Police on 0300 111 2222 or Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.

PC Rattray also advised that Angus Council hold weekly drop in clinics for women who have issues with alcohol.

The clinic runs from 11 am to 1 pm on Thursdays at their premises in Keptie Street, Arbroath and is open for women from all over Angus.

Picking up on many comments received at the Pageant about litter and dog fouling community councillors sought advice from PC Rattray on how this is being tackled.

There was a lengthy discussion on this in which members were advised that anyone witnessing such actions should report them.

Reflecting on this discussion Convener Grahame Lockhart is keen to find out if local people would be interested in a meeting specifically to discuss these anti-social behaviours.

The community council would invite representatives from the officers who are responsible for enforcing the rules so that we can find out just what they do and what part we, as responsible citizens, need to play to try to rid our community of such actions. Responses can be made to the community council website at http://brechincommunitycouncil.org.uk.

The next meeting of the community council will be held on Tuesday, September 4 at 7.30 pm.

In the meantime the different groups that have been set up will continue working on their specific areas of interest, all of which will be reported on in future press releases.