Candidates come forward to serve the community

The City of Brechin and District Community Council is to be established following a push by local residents.

Angus Council recently began the process to establish a community council for the City of Brechin and District, following receipt of a petition, signed by local residents, for one to be formed in the area.

During the community council elections held in October 2010, there were less than half the number of candidates for the vacancies in the City of Brechin and District community council area. This meant that the community council could not be established at that time.

By close of nominations at 4 pm on Monday, November 7, there were 14 nominations received to fill the 13 vacancies on the council.

Candidates may withdraw their nomination up to 4 pm on Monday, November 14.

If after that time there are more candidates than vacancies, a poll will require to be held from Monday 5 December.

The count and declaration of results will take place on Monday, December 12.

The re-establishment of a community council for the Brechin area gained momentum in August when local resident Grahame Lockhart organised an open meeting for members of the community to discuss the possibility of a new community council being formed.

The general purpose of Community Councils is to ascertain, co-ordinate and express the views of the community it represents to local authorities and other public bodies.

Specific arrangements are made the by Council for consultation on planning applications. This includes community councils appointing one person as their point of contact for all planning matters.

Full details of the candidates nominated and their personal statements can be accessed from www.angus.gov.uk/elections.

For further information, contact the Angus Council election team, on telephone 01307 476060, email elections@angus.gov.uk or go to www.angus.gov.uk/elections.