Disappointment over change in election dates

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Postcards, designed to help local residents contact the correct organisations to report local problems,have been collected from the printers.

Designed by members of the City of Brechin and District Community Council, the informative cards contain helpful information and phone numbers to help report problems from pot-holes to flooding.

Convener Grahame Lockhart said: “We were very pleased to launch our postcards which are being distributed widely around the city.

“They contain information and useful contact numbers including the Angus Council ACCESS line, the non-emergency number for the police and the SEPA Floodline for local residents to help find the right organisation to contact about issues that affect their everyday lives.

“This was something we thought about in our first year in office and we are glad that it has come to fruition. I hope our local community will find this information helpful”.

Members also received an update about the first stage of the Brechin Vision 2020 Showcase from community councillor Derek Harper who outlined how groups will be interacting with this initiative over the next few weeks.

Another issue discussed was Angus Council’s decision to postpone the community council elections from 2014 to 2015.

Several members were displeased that there had been no prior warning and no consultation.

With local councillors appearing unaware of the changes until very late in the day.

Community council members had been surprised when a letter arrived the previous week from the council advising them of the decision taken at the full council meeting.

There was full understanding and acceptance of the reasons for the decision but most believed that there would have been time to consult with community councils beforehand.

Joy Mowatt took the opportunity to remind members she had indicated she would be reducing her involvement in 2014 and advised that this recent change meant she would actually step down in March to give the opportunity for others to be given the chance to join an effective organisation in plenty of time for future elections.