Facebook first for community council

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FERRYDEN Community Council has entered the world of online social networking and now has its Facebook page up and running.

The group is the first Angus community council to highlight its activities through the social networking medium.

Community councillors took the step to try to raise their profile across their entire area, which stretches from Rossie Island road to cover a large part of the rural district to the south and west of the village.

At their meeting on Thursday, chairman Gordon Brown said the page was set up recently and as yet has few items on it.

He said: “So far all we have is a map of the ward so people can see whether or not they’re included in it but in the future we can post photos and copies of minutes from meetings.

“There are all sorts of things we can put up.”

The administrator of the Ferryden community website has also said he would be willing to give the community council space to update the village and wider public on its activities.

At a previous meeting it had even been suggested that the community council changes its name from Ferryden and Craig to better reflect the wider area it covers, but the idea was abandoned after Mr Brown said to do so would make it “more long-winded” than it is at the moment.

And it was also suggested that the organisation could produce its own newsletter, which could be distributed through the school, which was also put forward as a possible location for a community council noticeboard.

Local councillors David May and Paul Valentine pointed out that copies of the newsletter could also be lodged at Montrose Library and the village shop for public perusal.

Secretary Gordon Paterson said he had contacted both and that the school is happy to distribute meeting minutes to parents and the library will also take copies which can be accessed by the public.