If you follow the blog you will be wondering why we haven't posted for a couple of weeks. However, we have been working flat out as we prepared for the first community led Litter Summit in Scotland which we hosted in Arbroath yesterday. The event brought together stakeholders from across the Angus community including representatives from businesses, schools, organisations, Local and Central government. It was a great day and we were overwhelmed by the enthusiasm and contributions everybody made to the event. A number of really positive outcomes have been achieved and we will compile a report to summarise all of these shortly. The Courier reported the Adopt-A-Street scheme which we launched and also information about our Community Litter Prevention Action Plan. We will create a new page with more information about the Summit soon.
The public of Angus are holding the first community led litter summit in Scotland on 13th November 2017. The event is to be held at Dundee and Angus College in Arbroath and will provide a powerful voice for members of the public involved in clean up initiatives throughout the county. As members of the public we want everybody to take great pride in where they live and realise that Local Authorities are not singularly responsible for preventing littering or for cleaning up. It is a responsibility that starts with individuals and is shared across businesses, landowners, public bodies, schools and other organisations. Funding from LEADER has allowed us to bring all these groups together along with politicians, Zero Waste Scotland and the Local Authority. The Summit is an example of community empowerment in action and aims to involve the public in a meaningful way to prevent littering in a more strategic and coordinated manner.
If you require more information about the summit please contact us by e-mail on firstname.lastname@example.org
We are delighted to have now issued every resident with a handbook explaining more about the Defibrillator and Village Emergency Telephone System (VETS). Provided by the Community Heart Beat Trust it is a very flexible system which can be configured to suit the needs of particular communities. In East Haven it will enable residents to provide a good neighbour service by helping out when an emergency occurs. The handbook is available for download from our resilience page.
October has gone by in a whirl, amidst all kinds of activity in the village. Eric's bridge was stained a few weeks ago, sheds have been tidied and a number of pre-winter jobs completed. The 'Wee Gallery' has remained busy over the school holidays and we have been out litter picking and beach cleaning. Some residents are planning a Halloween party on Eric's Croft which will be a first for the village complete with fire pit and all kinds of wierd and wonderful decor. In-between all of this, we have been busy organising a number of events and delivering presentations about various aspects of our work. Watch out for the Angus Litter Summit!
On Tuesday we welcomed back volunteers from Scottish Water to assist with uplifting grasses from the Site of Special Scientific Interest. In early September Andy and Alasdair used the walking scythe to make a special cut of between 16ft - 20ft wide along a 250m stretch. Believe it or not, 55 one tonne builders bags of grass were uplifted throughout the day and transported to the recycling centre. Great work everybody!