I had a bit of shock at a recent meeting I was covering.
It was Grangemouth Community Council’s monthly gathering and I took my sister-in-law with me because she wanted to see what happens at the meetings.
I knew a representative of Summit Power was going to update proposals for a carbon capture plant at the town’s port and I thought it would make a good story for the paper.
While I was there I also found out the community council was in danger of winding up.
If the group doesn’t get more members by the middle of next year then Grangemouth will lose its only watchdog.
Why should we bother?
I attended the public inquiry for the Forth Energy biomass plant earlier this year and witnessed the little community council fight a David v Goliath battle against a highly paid team of legal eagles. It doesn’t matter if you are for or against the biomass plant, it was just a great thing to see – local people standing up for what they believe in against all odds.
If the community council disappears the town will lose its voice and its ability to challenge the powers that be and stand up for residents who may not be able to stand up for themselves.
You sometimes don’t realise how important something is until it’s gone or under threat of disappearing.
My sister-in-law was at the meeting because she cares about her community.
Now there must be a few more folk like her out there, so head along to a meeting and see if you can make a difference while there is still a community council – and a community – to stand up for.
This week... I will be having a sebaceous cyst removed from my neck and looking up the dictionary to find out what sebaceous means
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