Who speaks for Ar­ran?

The Arran Banner - - Letters -

There is clearly some­thing wrong when a re­spected and hard work­ing com­mu­nity ac­tivist feels he has to speak out strongly.

Com­mu­nity coun­cil chair­man Bill Calder­wood is not a man to seek the head­lines, pre­fer­ring to work qui­etly in the back­ground, but mak­ing things hap­pen at the same time.

For him to use the an­nual meet­ing of the com­mu­nity coun­cil to vent his anger at the new lo­cal­ity partnership struc­ture shows the level of his frus­tra­tion.

This was touted two years ago by first the govern­ment and then North Ayr­shire Coun­cil as the all-singing, all-danc­ing way to ‘em­power’ lo­cal com­mu­ni­ties to take more con­trol over the de­ci­sions that af­fect them.

But what has hap­pened since? In the last year the lo­cal­ity partnership has met twice while the com­mu­nity coun­cil, which has a statu­tory author­ity, has met 10 times and dealt with a wide range of sub­jects that re­ally mat­ter to the com­mu­nity.

But it is wor­ry­ing that the com­mu­nity coun­cil is be­ing side­lined and that this new struc­ture is be­ing seen as be­ing dys­func­tional given that it has con­trol of the purse strings, to the tune of £104,000 on Ar­ran alone, to dis­trib­ute to com­mu­nity groups.

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