Campaigners against a ‘legal high’ shop planned for North Street in Forfar gathered together on Saturday to present a petition against its operation to Angus North and Mearns SNP MSP Mr Nigel Don.
The petition was signed by more than 3,250 residents concerned about the affect such a business would have on the local community.
Their efforts were praised at this month’s meeting of Forfar Community Council.
Councillor Glennis Middleton said: “Congratulations to the whole community for coming together.
“I’ll say it again, the owners of premises have a moral obligation to know who they’re letting their premises to.
“The community isn’t letting it go and won’t let it go, people are very angry and ‘legal highs’ have to be the worst misnomer I’ve ever heard. They cause death and destruction and we’ll do whatever we can to stop it.”
Isobel Ross, community council chairwoman, said the choice of premises seems to have been carefully made.
She also commended the young people who have been the driving force behind the campaign.
She added: “It’s about as far from the town centre as you can get and it’s strategically placed close to the court, pubs and on a route for school pupils.
“People out there have suffered the consequences of these and it’s really terrible.
“For the young ones to go so far it’s up to the community now to support them. They have been fantastic and, given the chance, they are proving themselves and we should support them in any way that we can.”
After the hand-over Angus Councillor Lynne Devine said: “I was really pleased to be at the handover of such a huge petition.
“The numbers involved showed how strongly the community feels about the opening of this dangerous shop.”
Angus Councillor Colin Brown added: “I would appeal to the owner of the premises to terminate the contract he has with the people who are going to operate this shop. We must emphasise parents have a role to play here.
“They must get the message across to the youngsters about the seriousness of taking these things. The council, police and all the other partner agencies are doing all they can in a very difficult situation.”