Kirriemuir needs YOU!

KIRRIEMUIR Community Council is looking for four youth members and also three community councillors to join its members at their monthly meetings.

This comes after the scheme for the establishment of community councils, which came into effect on January 1, this year.

The maximum number of members for each community council on the new scheme is based on the total registered electorate it represents.

There was a total of 5,295 registered electorate in Kirriemuir on May 31 last year which means the maximum number of members can be 13 and four for youth members.

Youth members will have full voting rights, with the exception of voting on the co-option of new members and will be counted in terms of meeting a quorum.

Youth members will be entitled, but not obliged, to serve from their nomination until the next scheduled elections.

The youth members must be over the age of 14 to sit on the community council to represent the views for younger people and the minimum age to stand for election as a full member is 16.

The community council meet on the last Wednesday of every month at Fairlie House, Kirriemuir, at 7.30 p.m.

The chairman, Dave Milne, proposed at the recent March meeting that any interested person should attend community council meetings for several months and all members agreed that it would be a good route.

He said: “I joined the community council as there were things that annoyed me and it was just easy to sit back and complain.

“That is the easy option, however, so I decided to go along and speak about the issues.

“Youth councillors can have a youth orientated meeting where they can discuss what is missing from the town and their views.

“All constructive input is welcome as are keen observers.”

Cathy Stephenson, the acting secretary for the Kirriemuir community council, said: “We are looking for young people who stay in the area and who are interested in being involved with the local community because being a youth member is an important role.”

The general purpose of a community council is to act as a voice for the local area, they involve articulating the views and concerns of local people in the area on a wide range of issues of public concern and make representations to the local authority, other public sector bodies and private agencies on matters within the sphere of interest.

If you are interested in joining the Kirriemuir community council then you can attend the next meeting and see what topics are discussed and meet the councillors.

You can have a chat with any of the community councillors about how to make the next steps to join the community council.

You can keep up to date with the Kirriemuir community council by searching for them on Facebook.