RESIDENTS of Viewmount are sitting up and taking note of the message coming out loud and clear from the Viewmount Voices - set up only a few months ago to ensure the area is a safe, clean and pleasant place to live in.
As the third residents’ organisation in Forfar, which was recognised at an official presentation last night (Tuesday), the group has already galvanised support from the area and their efforts are now bearing fruit.
Residents are looking out for their neighbours, offering help where needed.
Chairman Iain Robb is delighted to report that, after a small start with five founding members, the group has now trebled its membership, with many more residents supporting their efforts through the Loons Lottery which is boosting their funds.
Angus Council officially recognised the group on June 20 and work with the council and Tayside Police is having an impact on the drug activity in the area.
Members are helping those who need assistance to maintain their gardens, through age, ill health or lack of equipment, with local resident Dorothy Forsyth “very pleased” with the assistance members gave to tackling her over grown hedge and garden.
Iain said: “We are taking over several planted areas within Viewmount, and revamping them with new plants and flowers to brighten up the area.
“Working with the residents and Angus Council, the grey bins along the roadside outside flats 77-85, 86-91 have now been replaced with the large communal bins in the car park, improving the view for all.
“Dropped Kerbs are in the process of being arranged by the council for the current communal bins outside flats 77-87 and 68-76.
“There is plenty to do still, but I have to say the reception from the large majority of the residents has been very welcoming. They too want a safe, clean and pleasant place to live. That’s what we are all working towards, no matter what it takes, or how long.”