Very positive open meeting

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THE open meeting held in Brechin on Monday evening of last week, ahead of the re-establishment of a community council for the area, was very positive

Seventeen people attended and Christine McNally, national development officer, Association of Scottish Community Councils, gave a very clear message of the benefits of having a community council.

After Christine spoke, there was time to highlight some of the many good and positive things that are happening in and around Brechin at present, following which those in attendance spoke about the issues of concern they have for the community.

“We then prioritised our concerns, and it was suggested that, once the new community council is up and running, we should seek to discover if our priority concerns are shared by others in Brechin,” explains Grahame Lockhart.

“If this is the case the new community council would look at ways of raising these issues with the appropriate bodies to address these concerns.

“Brechin and the surrounding area is in need of a boost at the moment.

“However, the positive mood of the meeting suggests to me that we have the potential and enthusiasm within our community to rise to the challenge facing us

“It will not be easy, but I am confident that a new community council, working together with the other groups and bodies in our small city, can and will make our community a place of which to be proud.”