Villagers urged to join CC

Jim Braid
Jim Braid

The quest is under way to restore a community council in Anstruther, after it was sunk by a lack of support in the November elections.

Former chairman Jim Braid is urging anyone who is genuinely interested in serving on the Royal Burgh of Kilrenny, Anstruther and Cellardyke Community Council to send in a nomination form.

Nomination papers can be obtained by contacting Bill Welsh of Fife Council, email William.welsh.fife.go.uk or Mr Braid himself at jimbraid41@gmail.com

Nomination papers have to be submitted between February 11-26.

A minimum of eight nominations are needed if the community council is to be re-established, and the area is allowed a maximum of 15 members.

If between eight and 15 nominations are submitted, there will be no need for an election.

If there are over 15 nominations, an election will be held on Thursday, March 26.

“It should go without saying the community does require a community council and all members elected should be prepared to make the community an even better place than it is now,” said Mr Braid.

“People who are just prepared to turn up to the meetings once a month and sit round a table for a couple of hours and do nothing else in between really shouldn’t bother applying.

“That was what happened the last time and that is why the CC was dissolved in November.”

Only six people put their names forward two months ago, which led the community council to fold for the first time in its 40-year or so lifespan.

Mr Braid said he suspected people had maybe become disheartened with it and did not regard it as a pro-active or effective group.

But he was sure it would succeed once more.