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New-look Community Council set to visit schools

John Brownlee, chair of Peterhead Community Council

John Brownlee, chair of Peterhead Community Council

Peterhead Community Council is set to tour schools in the area following the organisations annual general meeting.

The council, which has been buoyed by a raft of new and younger members, is seeking to reconnect with the electorate by asking what matters to them.

Although the council’s school meetings have yet to be finalised with Aberdeenshire Council, chairman John Brownlee hopes to kick start the initiative in September.

Mr Brownlee said: “The Community Council in Peterhead has had a bit of a chequered career over the years and at the same time has probably distanced itself from the local electorate.

“We had first considered taking our formal meetings around the schools but this would mean that there would be little opportunity for the members of the pubic to properly engage with us.

“For a town of our size it is always a difficult task to engage and inform the general public of what we do, what our responsibilities are, where we meet and what we discuss.”

At the recent AGM Mr Brownlee was delighted to announce that the number of community councillors now stands at 16, ‘one of the highest in many years’.

He added: “I am further pleased to see that our membership now ranges across most ages, gender and backgrounds.”

The council are eager to promote their aims at these proposed meetings as there is a belief members of the general public are either unaware of the council or what it can achieve.

Members are involved in a number of local initiatives aimed are directly benefitting the community of the town.

The chairman represents the community council on the Catto Park Working Group

The group plays a part in the planning and licensing application process as well as lobbying for changes to public services as a result of residents complaints or suggestions.

Meetings are held every month and Mr Brownlee stressed that the council is always prepared to welcome new members.

The next meeting of the council will be held on Wednesday, August 20 at Arbutnot House in Broad Street.

If you have an item for the agenda or would like to become a community councillor you can email peterheadcommunitycouncil@yahoo.co.uk.

 

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