Community council is steering forward

Councillor Peter Nolan
Councillor Peter Nolan

A meeting takes place in Newarthill Bowling Club tonight (Wednesday) to take forward plans for the village’s new community council.

The meeting at 7pm will be to set up a steering group after a successful meeting was held in Brannock High last week to gauge interest in resurrecting Newarthill Community Council which folded three years ago.

Motherwell North councillor Peter Nolan, who lives in the village, has been encouraged with the response so far.

He said: “There wasn’t as many people at the meeting in Brannock High as I hoped, but we still had a decent number of people there which was good and certainly there was enough interest to take this forward.

“I was told there were various people who wished to be involved, but for a number of reasons were unable to attend last week’s meeting, so as well as setting up a steering group tonight’s meeting will give them another opportunity to come along.

“However, there needs to be a commitment, when the previous chairman George Kennedy died four years ago, I tried to keep the community council going and got some people to take on roles, but ultimately there just wasn’t the interest to keep going.

“At that time I was still fairly new to being a councillor, but I believe over the last four years I have gained the experience necessary to be able to properly support the community council in its work and having one would be enormously beneficial to the local community.

“I am confident the commitment is there now and those who take on roles will see them through, ultimately I hope that if all goes well in time we can also set up a community enterprise like they have in Glenboig and Newmains.”