Standing for election as an Independent candidate for the Brechin and Edzell Ward at the council elections on May 3 is Douglas Murray.
Douglas worked for almost 13 years within council offices during the days of the old County and Regional Councils and has now been self employed for 32 years, carrying out work such as fencing, drainage, building and landscaping, from fairly small to major contracts.
He now concentrates on bespoke garden buildings and this year intends to launch a separate retail entity - ‘Brechin Emporium’ - with end of season goods by major retailers, liquidated stocks, household and office items and a separate book store.
“I have been associated with numerous community groups, both locally and nationally for at least 23 years,” explained Douglas.
“These include local groups such as: Inveresk and Brechin Community Councils, Patients Association, the various Partnerships, Round Table and Pageant, Brechin and District Charitable Trust (Tourist office and ground at Eddie Avenue), Business Association, Heritage Initiative, Christmas lights, to name a few, while I also spent ten years with the Association of Scottish Community Councils and numerous Scottish Government sounding panels etc.
“The latter included heavy commitments to spending time in Edinburgh, and a fair bit of travelling around Scotland and its Islands.
“The Scottish Parliament also featured when requested to speak on various topics of interest to Communities and their Councils.
“An item of concern within Brechin, that has required me to voice an opinion over the years, are proposals for a Flood Prevention Scheme.
“I am pleased to see that Angus Council is now implementing the installation of non-return valves, and clearance of debris and obstructions from the Denburn Culvert, advocated by me on behalf of many others for some time.
“Perseverance is now paying off, and hopefully the benefit will accrue to those in River Street, and various points where flash flooding has caused difficulties. It is not the full requirement, but should serve in the interim.”