Lots to discuss at latest meeting

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THERE was lots to discuss at the most recent meeting of the Forfar and Area Partnership on Monday, October 31. Members had a full agenda to discuss, including consultations on Angus Council’s budget, the boundaries for local MPs and the start of the Forfar Friday Night Project.

The Friday Night Project, a first for Forfar, will be launched this Friday (November 11), with a full and diverse range of activities available in the Leisure Centre.

The Project will be publicised in more detail over the coming days and weeks and members look forward to a successful project for the town.

Emily Dewhurst, of Dundee City Council is attending the next meeting of the Partnership to discuss the successful Dundee SummerSlam music project, which the Partnership is considering introducing in some format in Forfar.

The Partnership had previously agreed to be involved in a local consultation group as part of the proposed windfarm at Berrymuir near Kinnettles.

Those members who were due to represent the Partnership at this meeting had received notice that the company, Enertrag had withdrawn all proposals and would not be pursuing this further.

Thereafter, the Partnership considered the proposals from the Boundary Commission for Scotland to change the constituency boundaries for Westminster.

The proposals call for the creation of new Dundee East and the Glens and Angus East and Kincardine constituencies. The Partnership agreed that the proposals to include Kirriemuir and the glens in a Dundee seat were flawed as the rural area would lose out. They were also concerned that Forfar may be marginalised in the proposals for Angus East.

Angus Council have published a questionnaire, seeking opinions on the budget for 2012/13. The Partnership agreed to complete this and submit it as a group.

At the next meeting of the Partnership, members will consider the proposals for a single Police and Fire and Rescue force in Scotland.

The Partnership are also discussing potential events to organise for Tartan Week 2012, with a repeat of the successful 2011 Highland Dancing Competition on the cards. Other ideas will also be discussed at the next meeting. At the same time, the Partnership is beginning the process of planning for the 2012 Gala Week, so there will be a busy time ahead for members.

Forfar Loch is hosting a Comic Relief Sport Relief Mile for 2012 and the Partnership have been invited to help on the day. Members felt that this was a worthwhile endeavour and agreed to help where possible.

The Forfar Fairtrade Forum continues to make significant progress, with a continued and successful presence at the Farmers Market, ongoing contact with local businesses and proposals for a Fairtrade shop in the town all moving forward.

The Forfar and Area Partnership exists to work on projects and events which improve the quality of life of the people of Forfar and surrounding area.

Involvement and participation is welcomed from all, either individually or as a representative of another group in Forfar.

If you are interested in becoming involved, please contact Jeanette Gaul on 01307 464698 or Lee Haxton on 01575 576941 or haxtonl@angus.gov.uk.

The next meeting of the Forfar and Area Partnership is taking place on Monday, November 28 at 7pm in East and Old Parish Church.