Mearns Community Council (MCC) are to hold their AGM at the end of March and are on the lookout for more members to join.
The meeting will take place on March 30 at Mearns Community Campus in Laurencekirk and is scheduled to start at 7pm with the election of office bearers.
Mearns Community Council is one of the biggest in the area as it covers from River South Esk in the south almost to Stonehaven in the north, from the Cairn o’ Mount in the west to over the Garvock Hill in the east.
MCC serves six villages and a town with each having their own representative. They are Laurencekirk, Auchenblae, Drumlithie and Glenbervie, Fettercairn, Edzell Woods, Luthermuir, Marykirk and Fordoun. Fordoun hasn’t had a representative on the MCC for at least six years and the community maybe missing out on engaging and putting forward ideas for the area.
Five members of the current council are due to retire by rotation but all are eligible for re-election.
Current chairman Jim Stuart said: “We have a need to fill a further three seats - two at Laurencekirk and one at Fordoun.
“Community councillors strive to insure the community is fit for the future by bringing forward the aspirations and observations of the residents.
“With the recent introduction of the Community Empowerment Bill it offers an opportunity for communities taking their own decisions about their futures, an opportunity to take their own actions with access to all resources available to them to develop their economies, environments and cultures.”
Members of the public who are interested can go along to the meeting and can also be co-opted as members if there is a vacancy in that settlement.