Fight is on against trust closure plans

Grangemouth Town Hall
Grangemouth Town Hall

Community Trust proposals to close public amenities – including Grangemouth Town Hall – have led residents to stand up against the cuts.

A public meeting is scheduled to take place at 6.30pm on Tuesday, December 8 in the Community Education Unit, Abbots Road, Grangemouth, looking to gauge interest in reforming the town’s community council – a local watchdog group which folded when all members resigned in 2013.

Former Grangemouth Community Council secretary Malcolm Richards said: “Grangemouth has been without a community council for two years and now there are a lot of things going on in the town. People of Grangemouth have to have their voices heard and not just through keyboard warriors commenting on Facebook.”

Falkirk East MSP Angus MacDonald welcomed the move to set up a new community council.

He said: “The cuts seem to have been the main trigger to resurrect the group and I hope the meeting is successful. I look forward to working closely with the new Grangemouth community councillors when they are, hopefully, formally in place.”

Falkirk Equal People Group is also holding a public meeting into proposed cuts – specifically plans to alter adult learning and disability services which are now outlined on the Falkirk Council website.

Chairman John Hepburn said: “We would like the opportunity to ask question and discuss our concerns with local politicians.”

The meeting is scheduled to take place from 6.30pm in the Community Education Unit on Wednesday, January 27 next year.