Coun­cil­lor Caro­line given lead­ing role

Blair­gowrie rep­re­sen­ta­tive to over­see ed­u­ca­tion

Blairgowrie Advertiser - - NEWS - Clare Damodaran

Blair­gowrie Com­mu­nity Mar­ket re­turns to the Wellmeadow this Satur­day and or­gan­is­ers have at­tracted a number of stall­hold­ers to the pop­u­lar event.

The mar­ket takes place from 10am un­til 3pm in the Wellmeadow.

New Blair­gowrie busi­ness Flour­ish Plants will be there with a va­ri­ety of lo­cally-grown spring flow­er­ing peren­nial plants and shrubs.

The Acorn, which of­fers a range of sugar-free sweets, and new pot­ter Mar­ion Hus­band will also be there.

Many regular stall­hold­ers are also mak­ing a wel­come re­turn to the monthly mar­ket, in­clud­ing CC Plants, Deli Jax, lo­cal butcher Ann David­son, A J Cup­cakes with a range of gluten free cakes, the award-win­ning Allan’s Chilli Prod­ucts, Ar­broath Qual­ity Fish, Mys­te­ri­ous Worlds with a col­lec­tion of jewellery, the Soap Farm, and the As­so­ci­a­tion of Blair­gowrie Craft­work­ers.

And mem­bers of the pub­lic who would like to find out more or have their say on pro­pos­als for the new re­cre­ation cen­tre in Blair­gowrie will be able to speak to Penny Lochhead at the mar­ket. Penny is the direc­tor of PMR Leisure, the con­sul­tants charged with find­ing out what the com­mu­nity wants from the new fa­cil­ity.

Rep­re­sen­ta­tives from Blair­gowrie and Rat­tray Com­mu­nity Coun­cil will be at the in­for­ma­tion point to chat to peo­ple about is­sues in the town that af­fect them.

Nick and Sue from NSC Out­door Ad­ven­tures and Blair­gowrie and District Next Steps will also be avail­able to dis­cuss the pop­u­lar Wed­nes­day health walks, the Blair­gowrie Walk­ing Festival and the health and so­cial care in­te­grated joint board.

Volunteers from Blair­gowrie and District Next Steps help put up the mar­ket stalls along with helpers from the com­mu­nity coun­cil and the SCYD Events team.

The com­mu­nity mar­ket is or­gan­ised by Strath­more and the Glens Ru­ral Part­ner­ship and aims to pro­vide a source of healthy, af­ford­able and tasty food for peo­ple in the east Perthshire and Strath­more ar­eas, con­trib­ute to the eco­nomic re­gen­er­a­tion of the area and pro­vide an out­let for small lo­cal pro­duc­ers and those start­ing out, and cre­ate a friendly and ac­ces­si­ble space that pro­motes links be­tween all mem­bers of the com­mu­nity.

Vis­i­tors to the mar­ket are also en­cour­aged to spend time brows­ing the wide range of in­de­pen­dent re­tail­ers situated in Blair­gowrie and en­joy lunch at one of the restau­rants and cof­fee shops that use lo­cal pro­duce.

Or­gan­is­ers said re­search shows that mar­kets help bring life into towns, aid­ing re­gen­er­a­tion, and en­cour­age so­cial in­ter­ac­tions, par­tic­u­larly be­tween ru­ral and ur­ban com­mu­ni­ties.

Stall hire costs £35. For more info con­tact Sue at Strath­more and the Glens on 01828 640763 or email sue@nscde­sign.com. Blair­gowrie Com­mu­nity Mar­ket also has a Face­book page. Blair­gowrie and Glens coun­cil­lor Caro­line Shiers has been elected con­vener of Perth and Kin­ross Coun­cil’s lifelong learn­ing com­mit­tee.

Coun­cil­lor Shiers has also been elected as the deputy leader of the coun­cil. The new leader is Ian Camp­bell, a Con­ser­va­tive coun­cil­lor for High­land Perthshire.

As part of changes to the ad­min­is­tra­tion the en­vi­ron­ment com­mit­tee has been in­cor­po­rated into the en­ter­prise and in­fra­struc­ture com­mit­tee, com­pris­ing 15 coun­cil­lors.

It will be con­vened by newly-elected Con­ser­va­tive coun­cil­lor for the Strath­more ward, Colin Ste­wart.

The com­mu­nity safety and hous­ing and health com­mit­tees have been merged to form a sin­gle body, to be known as the 13-mem­ber hous­ing and com­mu­ni­ties com­mit­tee.

The coun­cil meet­ing last week also ap­proved ap­point­ments to the com­mu­nity plan­ning groups.

Lo­cal coun­cil­lors Caro­line Shiers and Fiona Sar­war, who rep­re­sents the Strath­more ward, were ap­pointed to the chil­dren, young peo­ple and fam­i­lies part­ner­ship.

Coun­cil­lor Shiers said: “For the past 10 years I have worked to en­sure I know what the lo­cal is­sues are right across the ward and to work with the coun­cil and other agen­cies such as Po­lice Scot­land and the NHS to find solutions.

“I have con­cerns about in­fra­struc­ture in the ward, health pro­vi­sion, park­ing, roads, schools and re­cre­ational fa­cil­i­ties in par­tic­u­lar.

“There are a number of ma­jor plan­ning pro­pos­als which would see hun­dreds of new homes built in the area and with that there would be op­por­tu­ni­ties for the town but also chal­lenges which all lo­cal mem­bers will need to work with the com­mu­nity to solve.”

She went on: “In my po­si­tion as deputy leader of Perth and Kin­ross I am al­ready hear­ing of sim­i­lar con­cerns from other towns within the coun­cil area.

“They feel that there has been a dis­pro­por­tion­ate amount of at­ten­tion on Perth and that the needs of ru­ral com­mu­ni­ties and towns such as Blair­gowrie have not been wholly ad­dressed.

“The new ad­min­is­tra­tion of Perth and Kin­ross Coun­cil will be ar­rang­ing to meet with rep­re­sen­ta­tives of com­mu­nity coun­cils and busi­nesses in the very near fu­ture and look for­ward to work­ing with com­mu­ni­ties to ad­dress con­cerns.

“As con­vener of the lifelong learn­ing com­mit­tee I am re­ally look­ing for­ward to play­ing my part in build­ing on the work which is done by ex­cel­lent staff in our schools.

“In par­tic­u­lar I want to work with schools to im­prove parental in­volve­ment in the learn­ing of all our chil­dren.

“As a work­ing par­ent of two chil­dren I am more than aware of the con­cerns par­ents have about ed­u­ca­tion, an is­sue raised fre­quently with me on doorsteps dur­ing the re­cent elec­tion.

“We know that we have some ex­cel­lent schools lo­cally.

“We also know we face an in­creas­ing is­sue in teacher re­cruit­ment and that we all want to see ev­ery child achieve the very best they can.

“I want the com­mit­tee to work to­gether to first of all en­sure we have a very clear pic­ture of at­tain­ment in Perth and Kin­ross, where Perth and Kin­ross sits within the na­tional pic­ture and how we can work to im­prove stan­dards in read­ing, writ­ing and numer­acy.

“En­cour­ag­ing chil­dren to par­tic­i­pate in a wide range of ac­tiv­i­ties from art, music, drama, sports and lan­guages and of­fer­ing as many choices as pos­si­ble is re­ally im­por­tant too in devel­op­ing chil­dren who can ful­fill their po­ten­tial.

“I am un­der no il­lu­sion that this is an easy job.

“There is a lot to do but I am look­ing for­ward to vis­it­ing schools, work­ing with staff and par­ents and, im­por­tantly, the wider com­mu­nity to de­liver im­prove­ments and build on the good prac­tice al­ready on­go­ing in our schools.”

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