Letter to the Editor

Sir,

As a former member of Brechin Community Council and as an active co-operator I read with interest your report in the Brechiner, dated February 17, about the demise of the community council and the proposal of prospective Labour candidate, Kevin Hutchens, to raise interest in the International Year of Co-operation locally, in view of Brechin’s many close links with the co-operative movement.

As a former member of Brechin Community Council and as an active co-operator I read with interest your report in the Brechiner, dated February 17, about the demise of the community council and the proposal of prospective Labour candidate, Kevin Hutchens, to raise interest in the International Year of Co-operation locally, in view of Brechin’s many close links with the co-operative movement.

I was certainly sorry to see the demise of the community council last September.

But the fact is that around Brechin there are various pieces of information relating to the community council and there is an extant community council website, from which, as far as I can see, there is no intimation that the body has ceased operating.

In fact it clearly states that meetings are held monthly, on the first Monday at the Damacre Centre.

Accordingly, Mr Hutchens could be forgiven for believing that the council had reconstituted itself.

More importantly though is the issue that Mr Hutchens has raised.

Brechin has had a long association with the co-operative movement and benefited accordingly.

Thanks to Mr Hutchens, Brechin could well have the opportunity to benefit further next year with the recognition of its co-operative roots dating back to 1839, some five years before the Rochdale Pioneers set up their co-operative.

Perhaps the other prospective candidates will also think of something positive to benefit Brechin like My Hutchens has, instead of indulging in negative politics as your report implied.

Your etc.,

Marjory Smith,

Provost Buchan Road,

Brechin.