Kirriemuir Community Council’s new member

THE latest meeting of Kirriemuir Community Council was held at Webster’s High School.

The rector, Eric Summers, welcomed the members and, together with Anna Thain and Robbie Allan, hosted a tour of the school’s new extension, followed by refreshments.

Chairman Roland Proctor thanked Mr Summers for his kind hospitality and, on behalf of the Kirriemuir Community Council, congratulated him and his staff on their new facilities.

New member: Kirriemuir Commmunity Council has a new member. Audrey Ireland was co-opted on to the council, having been proposed by John Howe and seconded by Jim Ritchie.

Ogilvy’s Close: Councillor Iain Gaul is continuing to look into the ownership issue.

Everyone agreed the area posed a health hazard. Councillor Ian Mackintosh offered to have someone from environmental health look at the site.

Water leak: Futher discussion took place with regard to the 18-month-old problem of a water leakage in Lindsay Street.

Councillor Mackintosh thought the problem could be the result of an old stone drain having collapsed. Councillor Mackintosh is to pursue this with Scottish Water and request that some digs are carried out.

Southmuir surgeries: Although 400-plus leaflets were hand delivered to the public, Community Liaison Officer Pam Colvin reported a disappointing turnout at the meetings.

The surgery meetings will continue until May.

Councillor Mackintosh reported on a pilot scheme which is running in Perthshire on Twitter, named “My Police,” which is enjoying an excellent response from the public. If it continues to be successful it could be rolled out across Tayside.

Future of Fairlie House: Councillor Mackintosh reported that John Burt is carrying out a complete review of Angus College run courses at Fairlie House. Mr Burt pointed out that courses can only be arranged if people want them.

Potholes: Councillor Mackintosh reported that the local authority was trying to keep pot-holes filled but it will be spring before any major work proceeds.

He said he would investigate the pot-holes in Beechwood and intimated that Bowling Green Road footpath is to be repaired.

Other areas requiring repair were highlighted and Councillor Mackintosh pointed out that “drop driveways” can be installed.

He added that the two “safer crossing points” in Kirriemuir town centre will be created once the better weather arrives.

Annoyance: Tayside Police in Angus historically experience an increase in complaints of youths causing annoyance.

While it is recognised that, in some cases, the complaint is genuine, it is also known that in other cases there is a degree of intolerance on behalf of the complainers.

The police is encouraging more tolerance from the public so that the police officers are not prevented from carrying out other pro-active work.

Discarded Needles: The public are asked to report all findings of discarded needles to either Angus Council Accessline, 08452 777 778, or out of hours to Tayside Police on 0300 111 2222.

Farmwatch: Tayside Police community safety department is urging farms and those in rural areas with outbuildings to sign up to their farm and glen watch.

This allows farms to be placed on the VIP informer system where Tayside Police can pass on information such as suspicious vehicles in the area, etc. For more information telephone 01307 477 470.

Community Wardens: A new shift pattern has been introduced for Angus Community Wardens which means wardens are now patrolling earlier in the morning and later into the evening on certain days.

Community wardens have the power to issue Fixed Penalty Notices to those who drop litter or fail to clean up after their dogs.

For any issues regarding litter or dog fouling contact the Accessline on 08452 777 778.

Recorded crime: Between April and December 2010, violent crime recorded in Angus was 32.5% less than the number recorded in the same period of 2009. However,

the proportion of alcohol related violent crime has risen from 49% in 2009 to 61% in 2010. Vandalism recorded in the same period in 2010 was 15.5% less than in the previous year.

Fuel Theft: Reports of fuel theft continue and members of the public are asked to be vigilant and report any suspicious activity immediately.

Shoplifting/reset: Shoplifting continues to be reported in all towns in Angus. Angus residents are asked to help identify those responsible by telephoning Tayside Police on 0300 111 2222 or Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.

Anti-social behaviour on Angus roads: This is a continuing problem and since April 1, 2010 there have been 117 warnings given to offenders of anti-social behaviour on roads with 31 vehicles being seized due to a second warning issued within six months.

Parking at Schools: Complaints regarding inconsiderate and sometimes dangerous parking at schools, particularly at the start and end of each day, continue to be received.

Police officers, traffic wardens and community wardens will be in regular attendance at these times and will take enforcement action as appropriate.

Quiz: Community Liaison Officer Pam Colvin will be running a quiz aimed at the paper boys and girls in Kirriemuir, in relation to bike/personal safety, whilst they are engaged in their daily rounds.

Successful entries will be put together and the first five selected will be presented with the prize of new lights for their respective bicycles.

Next meeting: The next meeting of Kirriemuir Community Council will take place in Fairlie House at 7.30 pm on Wednesday, March 30.