Longside and District Community Council seeking new members

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Longside & District Community Council is inviting local folk to make a difference to their patch by joining its ranks.

The group covers a wide area from Tortorston in the east to the outskirts of Mintlaw, and from Rora to Kinmundy to the south.

Meetings are held six times a year, and are always well attended by representatives from most of the areas within its remit. If you would like to help improve your environment, and live or work in the designated area, you are invited to the next meeting, to be held tomorrow Wednesday) at 7.30pm in Longside Football Club Social Club.

The 15 current members are joined by the local area councillors, with discussions being wide-ranging and frank covering topics as diverse as the proliferation of wind turbines to the placing of flower tubs in Longside village.

A spokesperson said: “Normally a member of Grampian Police attends to give advice on local activity, reporting on crime levels, and crime prevention matters.

“The community council maintains links with local organisations, and supports activities such as Guy Fawkes celebrations, the gala committee, the annual village garden competition, and New Year festivities.”

Volunteers recently planted daffodil and crocus bulbs and lupins, and plans are progressing for a community garden in the centre of the village.

Volunteers can also frequently be seen picking up litter throughout the village.

“Thanks to Aberdeenshire Council’s gardeners at Aden Country Park, in common with Buchan villages, we are given annual plants, and volunteers are always welcome to help plant these out in the village tubs and flower boxes on the Main Street,” said the spokesperson.

Minutes of all community council meetings are published on the Aberdeenshire Council website, together with contact details.