Government consultation document interests local organisations

THE CARNOUSTIE Development Group (CDG) has been made aware of a new consultation document issued by the Scottish Government.

It covers the proposed Community Empowerment and Renewal Bill (CERB) and consists of some 50 questions covering a whole range of issues regarding how local communities can take control over the things that may, or may not, happen in their burgh.

Peter Burke, CDG chair, stated: “We are excited by this opportunity to let central and local government know how we feel communities should be supported and empowered in the future.

“Our working relationship with Angus Council has been good so far, but with changes of organisation, and austerity looming, there is a risk that activities that the community want and need may be lost.

“This proposed bill seems to be asking the right questions about how we may eventually take control of our own destiny. We shall certainly be giving our input, and copying our responses to our Local Community Planning Team at the Access office for them to pass into the relevant council officers.”

Jim Simpson, Carnoustie Community Council chair, echoed these sentiments. He stated: “The community council will certainly be responding to this consultation.”

The consultation is open to everyone, including individuals, and details can be found at www.scotland.gov.uk/consultations, and is open until September.