Brechin CC chair responds

THE former chairman of Brechin Community Council has refuted allegations that he kept information relating to Town Centre Regeneration Funding from the group’s membership while in the chair.

Furthermore, Douglas Murray has provided written evidence, following allegations over the community council’s input into the early part of the TCRF, by highlighting an email he received from the group’s then vice-chairman, David Adam.

Mr Adam had questioned what role the community council had been asked to play in the consultation process and was joined by fellow former members in questioning when the matters relating to TCRF had been discussed at the community council.

Mr Murray said: “Following the statement made by the former vice-chair of the Community Council at the Town Regeneration meeting the other week, I think it is only fair to make the comment that Mr Adam had been advised of the terms of the regeneration bid, and also supported the type of bid being made as outlined.

“Others on the CC e-mail list at the time were also advised and confirmation was received from a number, as were those that I spoke to in person.

“The evidence of such is provided here: ‘On Sat, 26/3/11, Douglas Murray - - wrote: The following effectively refutes the notion suggested by David Adam (the first question at the last meeting) that he was not aware of the community council being asked to comment, but he also appears to actively support the proposals.

“Others from the Community Council also expressed a similar stance at the time.

On Thursday, 23/7/09, Dave Adam wrote: “Hi Douglas, I will support any effort to improve Brechin centre: David Adam”.

Of the then members of the then community council who were circulated of developments at the time included Irene Gillies and Mike Mitchell also listed in Mr Murray’s circulated list of contacts.