Video: Protesters gather outside full meeting of Angus Council

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Protesters from across Angus gathered outside the Town and County building at The Cross in Forfar, to voice their concerns over the future of sheltered housing services in the county.

Angus Council are currently consulting with residents about the facilities and services offered, as part of a broad review of the care and support services provided in the county.

However, there are fears that the warden services, laundry services and social lounges could be done away with.

Minnetta Fowler from Jubilee Court in Letham said: “We had a meeting in Jubilee Court, but we got no answers. We don’t want to be robbed of services.”

Andy Duncan, from Forfar, who was at the protest to show his support, described the situation as a “tragedy”.

Another Forfar man there to show his support, who asked not to be named, said: “The people in those units have paid their dues. Why should they suffer?”

Councillors spoke with protesters as they made their way in to the meeting. Council leader, councillor Iain Gaul, had issued assurances prior to the protest that “everyone’s views will be considered as part of that process” adding: “No decisions have been taken.”

For more, see next week’s print edition.