A drugs related death in their community has spurred residents in the Wellbrae area of Forfar to set up an action group.
The group covers Wellbraehead, Well Road, Peffers Place and Bell Place with members already addressing a number of issues, working alongside other agencies.
The death in Peffers Place last year forced residents to voice their concerns which were taken up by Angus Councillor Glennis Middleton.
A meeting was set up between residents, the Forfar area housing manager, Tayside Police, Community Safety, Graeme Hodge of the local community planning team, and Mrs Isobel Ross, chairman of Forfar Community Council.
The residents, including owner occupiers, council tenants and those in private rented accommodation, discussed their concerns about drug addicts leaving needles in the street, noise related issues, rubbish sacks left lying in gardens, un-kept gardens and dog fouling.
Mrs Ross, a local resident in the area, said: “After several meetings Councillor Middleton suggested we might want to set up a residents groups. This would be a way forward and supported by the various agencies we would become more involved in our area and be better able to get things done.”
The group met initially in Kenny’s Cafe in East High Street and, thanks to the guidance of councillor Middleton and Graeme Hodge, is now properly constituted with chairperson, secretary and treasurer.
On Thursday the group held an estate walk and identified a number of issues. It is now in the process of having a Neighbourhood Watch set up and a litter pick and general tidy up of the area.
The group is open to all residents and news-letters and information regarding the walk about were dropped in letterboxes in the area. If any resident would like to raise anything the next meeting is on Thursday June 27 at 7 p.m. in Kenny’s Cafe.