Catherine takes the helm at Sandhaven

Sandhaven and District Community Council has a new chairperson.

Mrs Catherine Sutherland was appointed to the role at the group’s recent meeting. Assisting her as vice-chairperson will be Mrs Patricia McDonnell.

Local councillor Bob Watson, who has been instrumental in the re-establishment of the community council in the village, explained the council was still seeking a new secreatry and/or treasurer:

“Given that only 10 out of 12 possible community councillors were elected through the election process I had previously overseen,” he said “it was recognised that a person willing to carry out secretarial duties and also a person to act as treasurer could be co-opted on to the committee to fill the two vacant community councillor positions.

“Committee members were confident that they could identify two people willing to fill the positions of secretary and treasurer before the next Sandhaven & District Community Council meeting on Monday, February 7,” he said.

One of the first moves by the new group of community councillors was to consider where they would hold future meetings.

The new committee decided that the venue of the Mitchell Court, Sheltered Housing, Sandhaven, common room was unsuitable for holding future meetings, given that it’s primary function is a communal resource for the residents.

It was therefore resolved that Sandhaven & Pitullie Community Hall management committee be approached to arrange to conduct future community council meetings in Sandhaven & Pitullie Community Hall.

Inspector Esson from Fraserburgh was on hand to discuss any issues of concern with the new community council, but nothing of major significance was identified.

Inspector Esson wished them well in their new-found responsibilities, and took note of the newly appointed chairperson’s name address and telephone number, for future communication purposes.

“It was agreed that matters arising from the previous community council’s minutes should be dealt with at the next meeting in February, when it was expected that a secretary would, by then be identified, and co-opted on at that meeting,” added Councillor Watson.