Brechin presence at SNP annual conference

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At their August monthly meeting, Brechin branch members of the SNP discussed the forthcoming SNP annual conference which is to be held in Inverness from October 20 to 23 2011 and confirmed the delegates from the Brechin branch who will be attending.

Branch member David Smart advised the branch that arrangements have been made for the two craft fairs which will be held in November.

David commented: “The November fairs this year will have a different format to previous events.

“We are planning to be open longer, a full day rather than just a morning, and with a wider range of food and refreshments for those attending”.

David Smart added: “As these events are being held in November, we will also have our mind on Christmas and so the fairs will include a range of good quality craft stalls selling an exciting range of crafts and gifts.”

The dates for these fairs are Brechin City Hall on November 12 and Edzell’s Inglis Hall on November 19.

Concerns were then expressed by the branch about the continued lack of consultation by the Angus Council administration on what is to be the fate of the Damacre Centre and City Hall in Brechin because of the developments of the new Brechin High School.

Branch member David Adam commented: “This is an ongoing problem whereby it is clear, based on a consultation at the high school which was introduced by Peter Neild and chaired by Neil Logue of Angus Council, that the Angus administration did not really want to hear what the public had to say when it did not agree with their own fully developed plans.

“This is yet another example of administration councillors abdicating responsibility to officers.”

Branch member Stewart Mowatt then added: “It’s quite clear that the Angus Council administration is observing the statutory requirements to consult but are falling into the old discredited habit of ignoring the outcome of the consultation.”