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Issued: 21 December 2004

Way Forward For Forfar?

The setting up of a partnership to tackle local issues was just one topic discussed at last week's Forfar community forum.

Approximately 50 people from local businesses and community and voluntary groups, along with some residents, attended the forum hosted by the Angus Community Planning Partnership.

Delegates were brought up to date on the progress of community planning in Angus, taking account of some of this issues identified from the earlier Forfar & Area Seminar as well as the local area partnership approaches that have emerged across Angus.

During the workshop sessions delegates had the opportunity to share ideas to find a way of taking forward the issues they identified for action for the Forfar area. These included being clearer about what community planning means at a local level, the more effective sharing of ideas and information, building on the work already being done and recognising the role of young people in future planning.

Councillor Bill Roberton said it had been a productive meeting with people recognising the work already being done but keen to find ways of working together better. "Another forum is planned for early 2005," said Councillor Roberton, "to look at the issues raised and those that were identified at the earlier Forfar & Area Seminar. The aim now is to find a way to address these issues, perhaps in some form of partnership, to harness the work and enthusiasm already shown in the area."

A report, recording what was discussed at the seminar, will be circulated to those who attended or indicated an interest in the event. This is available on the community planning website at www.angus.org.uk/forfar or by contacting community planning officer for the area, Fiona Duffy on 01307 473775 duffyfr@angus.gov.uk.