Plans to resurrect Monifieth and Forfar community councils

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Community councils look set to be re-established in Forfar and Monifieth after Angus Council received successful petitions from the two towns.

If the requisite numbers of nominations are received before the closing date, it will mean that the county once again has a “full house”, with all 25 community councils established.

Both Forfar and Monifieth fell shy of the required number of nominations during the extended nomination period in September and October last year.

The Royal Burgh of Forfar had required a minimum of nine but only saw seven nominations, while Monifieth needed seven and only realised four.

However, petitions bearing 20 signatories from Forfar and 21 from Monifieth mean that arrangements are now being made to establish community councils for both areas.

Letters and nomination packs have been sent to all of the petition signatories along with those people who previously submitted nomination papers.

Nominations 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.

Even though the petitions have prompted the interim election process, it is still vital that sufficient nominations are received to form the community councils.

The timetable for both areas is the same.

Nomination papers must be submitted no later than 4pm on Monday, March 21, 2016.

If an election is contested, a Notice of Poll will be published on Tuesday 5 April 2016 and voting will take place commencing on Wednesday, April 20, 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.