Heartstart courses train 48 people

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Inveresk Community Council held a shorter than usual meeting on March 21 at Inglis Memorial Hall, when it took just over an hour.

Several of the items on the agenda could not be progressed, as updates from the ward councillors - who were not able to attend the meeting - were required.

However, community councillor Patrick Ford, who is the planning contact for the local body, was able to update everyone on a meeting he attended of the Association of Cairngorms Communities.

Patrick explained that the meeting was given information on a funded project - Scotland’s National Parks, The Mountains and The People’ - to repair the path networks which included severely eroded ones on Mount Keen.

Invermark Estate was also discussed at the meeting, after a report on raptors was discussed. The estate was given positive mentions about their work, with Patrick adding that the report gave the estate a “big tick”.

Community council chairman Alan Budge later gave an update on the Heartstart courses that the community council had organised in February. He said: “I would just like to say thanks to all whocame along. The feedback has been fantastic. There have been 48 people successfully trained. It’s been very, very successful.”

Concerns about the Shakin’ Brig were also raised again. While it was acknowledge that a suitable barrier was now in place, there was no sign explaining the bridge was unsafe for use. This issue was to be raised with the appropriate authorities.

The meeting was also reminded that there are still spaces on the council and that representatives for Glenesk and the Lethnot area would be warmly welcomed. Anyone interested in find out more about community councils can do so online at https://anguscommunitycouncils.wordpress.com/

Minute Secretary Liz Bridson, who was attending her last meeting, was thanked for her service. Alan wished her all the best and Liz thanked the community council for the experience, and wished them well for the future. The next meeting is scheduled to take place at Inglis Memorial Hall Monday, May 16 from 7.30pm.