Montrose Together Partnership under threat of dissolution

The Montrose Together Partnership is under threat of dissolution due to a lack of attendance at its meetings.

The group’s Annual General Meeting is to be held at the Links Hotel on Monday (January 19) at 7 p.m. to discuss its future.

The members tried to hold an Annual General Meeting back in September but only three people turned up and a minimum of five are required to form a quorum for an AGM to go ahead.

The group’s purpose is to promote the area of Montrose, Ferryden and Hillside for the wellbeing of the local population and visitors and to “encourage representatives of public, business and voluntary sectors to work together in developing projects that no one sector can achieve on its own to enhance the quality of life for all”.

The group, which has been known as Montrose Area Partnership and Montrose Partnership, has previously campaigned to improve the look of the town’s closes and repainted three of the town’s worst looking ‘closies.’

Members plan to produce a postcard of Montrose, which will be sold in B&Bs. They also recently produced a heritage leaflet and another on cycle tracks.

Chairman Peter Davies had intended to step down in September after three years in the role. He said: “I enjoyed my three years as Chairman but I feel it is now time somebody else takes it on.

“I feel that this past year has not gone as well as I had hoped as I felt the membership was increasing but regretfully this has not happened. However, the projects which we did pursue, the heritage leaflet and cycle tracks, did happen, but the postcard which I hoped would have been in circulation for this year did not.

“What I did feel went well was the ‘Closes’ project and the Civic Pride campaign and all those who participated should be congratulated.

“What does not please me is the Community Council getting involved with projects which were started by the Partnership but I am aware that we have duplication of effort and it should be defined within the roles of the Partnership and the Community Council to avoid this.”

In March 2013, the Partnership and the Local Community Planning Team set out a ‘Vision for Montrose’, which will be discussed at the AGM, after questionnaires were sent to 200 local groups and organisations, of which 44 were returned.

Issues raised included improving signage in the town, a local person from council based in the burgh, role clarification between different groups/agencies, improvement of parking at the train station, the creation of a five-a-side pitch in Montrose, the need/want for a cinema, removal of potholes and young people’s views.

As a result, the view of what Montrose could be was worded in the ‘Vision’ as: “Our town is fresh and clean, our people are friendly and enlivened, our economy is vigorous and our community is able to develop Montrose anew, in keeping with its heritage”.