Future of Arbroath community council still uncertain

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The resurrection of Arbroath Community Council remains in the balance, despite a successful petition to restart the nomination process.

A total of 36 people signed a petition, which was delivered to the Returning Officer, prompting arrangements for the establishment of the Royal Burgh of Arbroath and District Community Council to begin anew.

It revived hopes that the area would be represented by community council for the first time in two years.

Their actions were welcomed after just six names had been received during an Angus-wide process in September/October. A minimum of ten were required to form the community council.

But, with the process underway once more, just five nominations have been submitted.

The closing date for nominations is Monday, December 14, at 4pm.

Communities convener, councillor Donald Morrison said: “The petition is proof that there are people in Arbroath who care that the area is represented at community council level.

“So it is obviously disappointing to learn that the numbers are again falling short from a nominations point of view.

“I would urge the signatories to come forward and put their names in the hat as prospective community councillors.

“As one of the eight elected members for the area, I want myself and my fellow Arbroath Council colleagues to be able to work alongside community councillors for the benefit of Arbroath and surrounds.”

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 also held an Information Day in the town earlier this month, where nomination forms were available.

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.

Time is running out.

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