Reformed community council meets for the first time in four years

Councillor Peter Nolan

Councillor Peter Nolan

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The reformed Newarthill Community Council has held its first meeting to elect a new committee.

After lying dormant for around four years Motherwell North councillor Peter Nolan (pictured) and a group of interested villagers set about resurrecting the group.

After a couple of meetings to find out how much interest there was to have a community council it officially met in Newarthill Bowling Club.

Robert Paterson was elected as chairman, with Peter McMillan as vice-chairman, Josephine McKenna as secretary and Douglas Tait as treasurer.

The community council’s main aim is to improve Newarthill and bring back the sense of community it is felt has been lost in recent years.

Robert said: “We are delighted to have been able to reform the community council as it is important that residents have a body able to be fight and represent local people regarding local issues which hasn’t been the case for a number of years.

“We now want to consult with local residents to find out what the issues are that are important to them and hopeful that members of our community will get involved to help bring back the pride in the village that has been a little lost in recent years.

“We want to forge a sense of closeness and togetherness and everyone is welcome to attend our meetings and may wish to get involved on the committee as this is their village and their community council.”

Councillor Peter Nolan is pleased the community council lives once again and says there is lots of work to do.

He said: “I am delighted with the progress so far, which has been very positive, although I would like to encourage as many people as possible to attend the next meeting as there are lots of issues, both big and small, which need attention.”

The next meeting of the community council takes place on Wednesday, November 18, at 7pm in Newarthill Bowling Club.