End of the road for community council?

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The days of Forfar Community Council could be over unless more candidates put their name forward to serve the town.

At the time of going to press on Tuesday (yesterday), Angus Council confirmed only seven nominations had been received for the nine places needed to form a community council in Forfar.

Four community councils have not been established at this time – Forfar, Arbroath, Monifieth and Tealing – as there were not enough nominations received.

The closing date for nominations was extended by a week in areas where there were insufficient numbers to make every effort to meet the minimum requirement.

Everyone who submitted a nomination in those areas where a council has not been formed will be informed in writing.

Retiring Forfar chairman Isobel Ross, who is stepping down after 18 years, said she hoped enough people would come forward.

She has served as chairman for the last 11 years and latterly held the posts of chair and secretary.

She said: “I got a great deal of pleasure serving on the community council and felt I was doing something for the town and its people, instead of just sitting back and saying they should do this and that.

“I met a lot of lovely people and I would like to think I had excellent working relations with all departments in Angus Council.

“I had an excellent community council and think there is room for such a body in the town.

“It is very important that we do have one, particularly nowadays when the council’s budget is so tight.”

She spoke of the good working relationship between community councillors and elected members of Angus Council.

She continued: “We did highlight a number of issues and, although sometimes the councillors didn’t like it, they were always very respectful and helpful.

“One of the good things was we could have a bit of disagreement around the table but then outside there was no disrespect for each other - there was a mutual

“The councillors were working under different rules and regulations from us which could be difficult for us to understand at the time.

“I will be very, very sorry if we don’t manage to get a community council as there are a lot of good people in Forfar.”

Anyone wishing more information about how to re-establish a community council can contact the Election Team on elections@angus.gov.uk or call (01307) 476060.