Candidates slow to come forward

TIME is fast running out for those intending to stand for election to City of Brechin and District Community Council to submit their nominations and personal statements.

There are 13 vacancies on the community council but, as of Monday past, only two candidates had submitted papers.

The closing date for nominations is Monday, November 7.

Angus Council recently began the process to establish a community council for the City of Brechin & District, following receipt of a petition from 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 & District community council area.

This meant that the community council could not be established at that time.

The notice of election was published on October 17 and candidates have until 4 pm on Monday of next week to submit their nominations and personal statements. Candidates are able to withdraw their nomination up to 4 pm on Monday, November 14.

A spokesperson for Angus Council said: “If there are sufficient candidates to fill the 13 vacancies on the community council, there will be no contest and all candidates will be elected to serve.

“If there are more candidates than vacancies, a poll will be held from Monday, December 5, and the count and declaration of results will take place on Monday , December 12”

The open meeting ahead of the bid to re-establish a community council in Brechin takes place on Monday, November 7 in the cathedral halls from 7 pm.

“It will be an opportunity to share the many good things that are happening in Brechin,” explains Grahame Lockhart.

“Lots of good and positive things are happening in our small city; yet don’t often make the headlines.

“As well as sharing the good things at the meeting there will be an opportunity to share our main areas of concern.

“In the new year we will be able to share our concerns with our prospective councillors prior to the local elections in May 2012.

“As Angus Council has to make savings in the light of the current economic climate we would be asking the candidates to clearly indicate how they would take forward our concerns.

“Good and positive things are happening in Brechin.

“However, we are a small city in need of a boost.

“A vibrant community council can help take us forward to be a community of which we are proud.”