Plans for Fairtrade Forum

KIRRIEMUIR could have its own Fairtrade Forum in the future.

Following the lead of other Angus towns such as Forfar, Brechin and Arbroath, Kirriemuir and Dean councillor Jeanette Gaul is looking to establish a Forum within the town.

At a recent meeting of the town’s community council, Councillor Gaul put forward the suggestion that members might wish to get involved with the establishment of such a forum.

She said: “Churches and schools in Kirriemuir already have Fairtrade status and a number of businesses have expressed an interest in such a venture.

“To get this started a steering group would be put together, involving community councils, schools and businesses.

“Some goals would have to be reached: How many people use Fairtrade? How you encourage the community and farmers markets to get involved? and How to promote the area?”

Councillor Iain Gaul added: “Being involved in Fairtrade sends out the message that we are a caring community that wants to help those less fortunate than ourselves.”

Fairtrade has been a part of life in Angus since 2003 when the council agreed to support the cause.

The local authority encourage the support of Fairtrade principles through the wider community and local businesses.

Montrose as a town and Montrose Academy became the first to adopt the principles in Angus and their success has encouraged many other towns to take part.

In time it is hoped that Kirriemuir will be able to join Forfar, Brechin, Arbroath and Carnoustie as a town with Fairtrade status.