Inveresk Community Council members (ICC) were joined by Angus Council’s Interim head of services to communities, Alastair Wilson.
At the meeting,which was held on Monday evening at Inglis Memorial Hall in Edzell, Mr Wilson outlined his responsibilities, which include leisure facilities, museums, libraries, the Angus archives and the access offices amongst much more.
The mobile library that serves areas within the ICC ward was discussed with Mr Wilson. Members raised concerns relating to the sporadic attendance of the mobile library, and issues with requesting books, which can take several weeks to arrive despite the availability of the particular title.
Mr Wilson noted the issues, and assured members that the issue will be looked in to, and that part of his role as interim head of services, was to look at ways services can be improved.
Mr Wilson explained to members he was happy to attend meetings to discuss issue members have, adding that identifying problems to him in advance can allow for answers on the night of the meeting, rather than members having to wait for responses.
He said: “If the topic falls under my remit I’m happy to attend to answer questions. If it is a topic that I feel someone else, such as one of my senior managers have more experience in, I will try to send someone better suited to the issue.”
Other issues with the mobile library were raised with Mr Wilson, including the timetable preventing school children and those who work during the day being unable to get good access to the service and the lack of service to areas in the surrounding glens was also raised.
Councillor Bob Myles spoke to members about the play parks decision taking by Angus Council last week, which has resulted in the Durie Hill play park being retained, and the Edzell Trim Trail no longer receiving investment.
Councillor Myles explained: “I had an on site meeting [at Edzell Trim Trial] with the person involved in the insurance aspect, and it was identified that two or three pieces of play equipment will have to be removed, but the rest should be fine. It was agreed that the equipment only be removed if it is deemed dangerous.”
The news that Durie Hill play park was to be saved was welcomed by all. Councillor Myles added: “It is very good news that this park will stay as it is very well used.”
Councillor Mairi Evans also provided ICC with updates on the chances of changing room facilities at the Edzell Muir for the football teams.
The prospect is currently being looked in to, with a grant from the Scottish Football Trust being investigated.
Councillor Evans also explained that the speed signs at Inchbare are used across Angus on a rota basis and a date for the arrival in Inchbare has yet to be outlined.