Community Council gets a second chance?

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Arbroath could be set to have a community council once again after a successful petition by local people to Angus Council.

Only six names were put forward during the extended nomination period for the recent community council elections, which ran through September into October. A minimum of 10 nominations were required to form the community council.

But in the time since, the Returning Officer has received a petition from more than 20 people, which means arrangements can be again be made for the establishment of a community council for the Royal Burgh of Arbroath and District.

Letters and nomination packs have been sent to all 36 of the petition signatories along with anyone who previously submitted a nomination paper.

Angus Council’s community engagement officer has also arranged an Information Day at Voluntary Action Angus, 32-34 Guthrie Port, Arbroath, Angus, DD11 1RN, throughout the day on December 3.

The event will give the opportunity for anyone interested in the work of a community council to find out more, as well as what being a community councillor entails.

Nomination forms will also be available, along with help to fill them out, if required.

Forms can also be obtained from the Returning Officer (Community Council Elections), Elections Office, Angus House, Orchardbank Business Park, Forfar, DD8 1AN, or downloaded from the elections page of our website.

Nomination papers must be submitted no later than 4pm on Monday, December 14, 2015.

If an election is contested, a Notice of Poll will be published on Tuesday, December 29, and voting will take place commencing on Friday, January 15, 2016. The result of the election will be declared after the close of poll.

Anyone who wants further information or advice can contact the Returning Officer (Community Council Elections) on 01307 476226 or email elections@angus.gov.uk