Failure to form committee puts future in doubt

THE FUTURE of the Forfar and Area Partnership is under threat if no willing members of the public come forward to form a committee.

The recent annual general meeting resulted in no committee being formed and as a result the Partnership is urgently seeking volunteers for office-bearers to take the group forward for the future.

One of the main events organised by the Partnership is Forfar Gala Week. This event is an opportunity for all of Forfar to come together and enjoy a variety of stalls, Scottish and popular bands, demonstrations and a host of entertainment absolutely free of charge to all. The main sponsor of the Gala Day is Mark Guild of Guild Homes (Tayside) Limited who has again been a fantastic benefactor in this year’s event.

Formed in 2005, the Forfar and Area Partnership seeks to encourage representatives of the voluntary, private and public sectors to act together to develop the economic, social and environmental potential of Forfar and surrounding area. In this period, the Partnership has led on, or been involved in, a long list of successful projects and initiatives in the local area, including the continuation of the annual Forfar Gala Day/Week; the organisation of annual events during Tartan Week; the development of the Forfar Friday Night Project and the continued support of the BandSlam project, which has now taken place on three occasions

The Partnership has also undertaken an important role in local community planning activity, through the completion of a variety of consultation exercises, in order to ensure that local Forfar ideas and opinions are included. This role has helped to shape a number of local developments that directly affect the people of Forfar.

A spokesman said: “The inability to form a committee at this time is unfortunate, but reflects the ongoing struggle to secure involvement from local people and existing groups and businesses in Forfar, who want to work together to improve their local community. Over a period of years, the Partnership has sought to attract greater interest and involvement from a variety of groups and individuals and groups, with limited success.

“The fact that no committee could be formed has meant that members have agreed to organise a special general meeting of the Partnership (date to be confirmed). The purpose of the special general meeting will be to form a committee securing the way forward for the Partnership and the good it brings to Forfar.”

As a result, members are encouraging anyone with an interest in working together for the benefit of Forfar to go along to the special general meeting and offer to get involved.

If you would like more information about this, please contact Lee Haxton on 01307 474788 or haxtonl@angus.gov.uk