Arbroath community council to reform

Arbroath harbour and marina.
Arbroath harbour and marina.

Arbroath Community Council seems set to be reborn after a late rush of pre-deadline nominations ensured sufficient numbers.

A total of 11 valid nominations – just one more than the minimum number required - were received by the Returning Officer before the 4pm deadline on Monday (December 14).

This means that the Royal Burgh of Arbroath and District Community Council can be re-established after an absence of two years.

Angus Council will publish a notice of uncontested election and letters will be delivered to candidates later this month to confirm they have been elected to serve on the community council until October 1, 2018.

Its immediate future had been in the balance after a successful petition to restart the nomination process was followed by the submission of just five names from prospective community councillors.

That was even lower than the six names received during the pan-Angus process in the autumn.

But, with time running out, the number of nominees swelled to ensure that the community council can be revived.

Communities convener, councillor Donald Morrison said: “I am delighted to learn that Arbroath and district appears set to be represented by a community council once more.

“Community councils play an important role in representing their fellow citizens and in working with the council and other organisations in local planning matters and decision taking.

“There was a void left when Arbroath lost its community council in 2013.

“I am sure that I speak for all the elected members in the area when I say we are pleased that it seems certain to return in the new year.

“We look forward to working alongside community councillors for the benefit of Arbroath and surrounds.”

The scheduled date for the inaugural public meeting of Arbroath Community Council is on Thursday, January 21, 2016 from 7.30pm at the training room, Voluntary Action Angus, 32-34 Guthrie Port, Arbroath, DD11 1RN.