Brechin community invited to air their concerns

The City of Brechin and District Community Council will meet on Tuesday (September 3) after taking a summer break in August.

Taking place in the Damacre Centre at 7.30 p.m. the meeting is open to all members of the public and all Brechiners are encouraged to attend and bring to the attention of the community council, all matters of community concerns they have.

Despite having a month off from meetings convener Grahame Lockhart and his team of very active community councillors have not rested over the summer.

Some members, together with representatives of other interested local groups, attended a meeting with Angus Council strategic director Alan McKeown, responsible for services to communities, to discuss the ‘Vision for Brechin’ report.

This document aims to set out a long-term vision for Brechin and the surrounding area addressing the challenges the community faces in the continuing difficult economic situation and assessing priorities for buildings likely to become free when Brechin Campus is up and running.

In order to gauge the views of the community the community council plans to stage a showcase to display possible visions for Brechin.

This will be a month-long showcase to host meetings, talks and workshops where local residents and business people will be asked what they see as the best vision for Brechin’s future.

Topics up for debate are the community campus, the flood prevention scheme, the City Hall and future of the Damacre and Leisure Centres.

This list is not exhaustive as it will be subject to change as the community has its input.

Further details such as dates and venue will be confirmed as soon as they are finalised.

A number of community councillors helped out with the highly successful Harley in the City event and have already volunteered to help at Brechin Music Fest this coming weekend.

They are also gearing up for the Halloween Cartie Race in the City on Saturday, October 19.

On the agenda for the meeting will be an update from the Transition City Brechin group, which also includes several community councillors ,and is working with the local schools cluster group to host a Harvest meal celebrating local produce at Andover Primary School on Friday, September 27.

Further details of this will be reported as they become available, but you may wish to keep this date free so you can come along.

Convener Grahame Lockhart commented: “I’m sure members of the community will be very happy to see how committed the community council is to supporting events designed to bring in visitors, hopefully for repeat visits, without overlooking the other important responsibility of representing the views of our community to Angus Council and other statutory bodies.”