Community council seeking chairperson

Inglis Hall
Inglis Hall

Inveresk Community Council is still on the lookout for a new chairperson to join the council.

As reported previously, current community councillors are filling the role on a rota basis until a permanent chairperson can be found.

Temporary chairperson David MacSporran said: “First of all, we should pay full tribute to Duncan Smedley, who chaired our monthly meetings – held in the Inglis Memorial Hall, the Retreat, and Menmuir, Lethnot and Stracathro village halls on a rolling basis – for many years until last October.

“Duncan will be a hard act to follow, but his well-deserved retirement from the role offers an opportunity for someone else to contribute to the life of the community in a unique way.

“Community councils are there to represent a cross-section of the community in their area, and to gather views on issues of concern and represent them to Angus Council and other public authorities, such as the Scottish Ambulance Service and Police Scotland.

“The idea is that we hear what’s happening and going to happen in our area and have a chance to comment on behalf of the community.

“The three Angus Councillors for the area attend our meetings regularly, and we’re a statutory consultee on planning applications to the Council, plus those called in by the Cairngorms National Park Authority, which has planning jurisdiction for a slice of our territory at the top of Glen Esk.”

Discussing the role of the chairperson, David continued: “First and foremost, chair meetings, which though well-attended by a solid core of community councillors are not usually hall-filling affairs, but always friendly and good natured; agree minutes and agendas with our highly efficient minutes secretary; provide continuity between meetings by liaising with Angus Council and other public bodies when necessary, and with our own officers – the Treasurer and two Planning Contacts; and (ideally) maintain our website as set up by Duncan.”

Whilst members are prepared to take on the role temporarily, other commitments has meant there is no one able to take on the role permanently.

David explained: “Most of us are in full-time jobs or running businesses (including farming), and we’d like those already involved as treasurer and planning contacts to stick with those specialisms for the time being.”

He added: “It’s a role which would be ideal for someone recently retired or working part-time.”