Bid to revive Newarthill Community Council

The meeting takes place in Brannock High
The meeting takes place in Brannock High

A meeting is due to take place next week to find out if there is any interest in resurrecting Newarthill Community Council.

After being approached at his surgery with the idea Motherwell North councillor Peter Nolan has organised the meeting for Wednesday, August 5, in Brannock High at 7pm.

One of those who approached Councillor Nolan is Marc McPherson, who 
said: “There is a group of us who feel Newarthill is missing out by not having a community body, other towns and villages and are getting funding for things and awards and we get none of that.

“A few years ago the Newarthill Hillraisers did a lot of good work, but eventually disbanded, a few of those interested in the community council were actually in the Hillraisers and wanted to get something started up.

“The community council is an official body that will 
be run by the rules and statutes of North Lanarkshire Council, it will stand up for the people of Newarthill so we hope as many people as possible come along next week as we want everyone to get involved.”

It is intended that a new community council would look at many of the issues that affect the lives of the residents of Newarthill including bus services, Welfare Park, Brannock underpass, schools, churches, play services, sports clubs, housing, Reeltime Music, factoring, tenants and residents’ associations, litter and other environmental matters, and the future of the Community Centre.

Marc added: “For me the number one priority is litter and, hopefully, with a community council that is something we can get addressed properly.

“Other people will have ideas of what is the most 
important issue to them, but only with everyone pulling together can we make a difference.”

If there proves to be enough interest at the meeting community council elections will take place in October.