Petition for Angus Council

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A petition to get the Montrose Community Council back up and running after it was dissolved by Angus Council has all the signatures it needs.

Last week, the Review revealed that Community Council was dissolved due to a poor turnout at its meetings.

Montrosian Jim Shaw (60) has been asking townsfolk to sign a petition to submit to Angus Council, so the community body can be re-established in the town.

The petition needed 20 signatures and 28 people have signed it so far.

Mr Shaw, of Standard Close, wanted to be a community councillor but was unable to make a scheduled meeting to allow him to do so.

Ron Campbell (74), of Melville Gardens, also wanted to stand as a councillor, but there weren’t enough members at the meeting for him to be co-opted on to it. He has been helping Mr Shaw to get the signatures needed.

Mr Campbell said: “People want a community council in Montrose. We have more than the 20 signatures we need to petition its establishment to Angus Council and we could get more if needed.”

John Ruddy, secretary of the community council, said “Once the 20 names are registered with Angus Council, they will run an election, and then the real work begins of getting enough people to stand as councillors. We need at least eight to 10 people.”

He concluded: “During the lifetime of the Montrose Community Council, we tried several times to get more members, but to no avail. I suggest people only put their names on the petition if they were willing to stand as councillors.”

Mr Campbell said: “At least two people who have signed it are willing to be put forward as councillors. Once the petition is submitted, we will find out how many of the 28 who signed it are willing to stand as community councillors.”