Pre-Election Event Presentations

The Community Engagement Team facilitated a successful event for community councils to come together, find out about the forthcoming Community Council Elections in October and start thinking about best practice in community engagement.

If you weren’t able to attend the event, please try to connect with some of your community council colleagues who will be able to update you. The comments section below this post might be a good place to start!

Below are the presentations from Friockheim and District Community Council, Kirriemuir Landward East Community Council, an overview of election procedures by Sheona Hunter as well as information on ‘crowdfunding’ from Business Angus. The City of Brechin and District Community Council also presented about BRAVO Brechin, but did not use PowerPoint.

A huge thank you to everyone who presented and shared their experiences!


Kirriemuir Landward East – Scott Wilson Memorial

Friockheim and District Community Council – FriockHub

Election procedures – Sheona Hunter

Crowdfunding in Angus – Shelley Hague

Don’t forget, if you’re on Twitter, follow us @EngagingAngus!

Date set for Stage 3 of the Community Empowerment (Scotland) Bill

I am writing to inform you that the Scottish Parliament has now set a date for Stage 3 consideration of the Community Empowerment (Scotland) Bill (as amended at Stage 2).

Stage 3 amendments to the Bill will be considered on Wednesday 17 June 2015. The debate and voting on Stage 3 amendments is expected to get underway at about 2.40pm that afternoon. This process is expected to take a few hours and be followed by the final debate on whether Bill, as finally amended at Stage 3, should be passed into law. The final vote on the Bill has been scheduled for 7pm on 17 June. Please note, this time may be subject to change depending on the number of amendments to be considered. You will be updated if the expected time for the vote changes.

Proceedings will be broadcast live on the Parliament online TV channel. If you wish to watch the debate in person, you may book tickets online for the public gallery of the Debating Chamber, or by ringing 0131 348 5200. Tickets are free of charge.

How does Stage 3 operate?

There are some major differences between Stage 2 and Stage 3 proceedings on a Bill. Firstly, Stage 3 is conducted by the whole Parliament in the main Chamber (unlike Stage 2 which happens in Committee). Unlike Stage 2, where only the MSPs on the reverent Committee get to vote, at Stage 3 all MSPs in the Parliament get to vote on amendments.

As with Stage 2, any MSP can seek to lodge amendments to the Bill at Stage 3. MSPs can seek to lodge amendments as soon as the Bill has completed Stage 2. However, unlike Stage 2 where all valid amendments are accepted for consideration, at Stage 3 the Presiding Officer of the Parliament has sole discretion to decide which amendments she will or will not accept for consideration.

The deadline for MSPs to seek to lodge amendments to a Bill at Stage 3 is 4.30pm on the fourth sitting day before the day on which Stage 3 proceedings are due to take place in the Chamber. As Stage 3 proceedings on the Community Empowerment Bill is scheduled for Wednesday 17 June, the deadline for MSPs to seek to lodge amendments is, therefore, 4.30pm on Thursday 11 June. Any amendments lodged will be published in a Daily List (just as at Stage 2). A copy of each Daily List will be emailed to you as soon as it is available.

What happens after Stage 3?

As soon as the Stage 3 amendment process is finished, the Parliament will move straight on to final debate on the Bill. After this debate the Parliament will vote on whether to pass the Bill into law. If passed, the Bill then goes for Royal Assent and there follows a process by which the Bill becomes an Act and its various sections are brought into force. Further emails explaining that process will be sent to you after Stage 3 proceedings.

Regards Seán
Seán Wixted
Assistant Clerk
Local Government and Regeneration Committee

Know an area in your community that needs a new life?

The Stalled Spaces Scotland Fund could come in handy! The fund, commissioned by the Scottish Government and administered by Architecture and Design Scotland, is there to help community groups run temporary activity from the ‘stalled spaces’.

Community groups in Angus are invited to apply for funding to develop ideas on ‘Stalled Spaces’ in their towns. Successful projects should aim to bring new life to vacant or derelict land which may be causing a blight on a town and be better utilised by the community. Ideas may include projects such as:

  • Community garden
  • Container allotment
  • Outdoor education
  • Outdoor event / exhibition
  • Pop up activity such as play area, cinema
  • Outdoor gym

or any temporary activity that stimulates interest and involvement in and around the site. You can visit the Angus External Funding website to find out more. Applications must be in by the 13th May for consideration.

Strathmartine Community Council seek to appoint new Secretary

Strathmartine Community Council are looking to appoint a new member of the community council to be co-opted on as Secretary.

The main duties of the Secretary will include:

• convening meetings
• booking rooms
• dealing with correspondence (both in and out)
• preparing the agendas for meetings
• taking minutes for meetings unless a minute Secretary has been
• distributing agendas and minutes
The Secretary will be responsible for the minutes of meetings, posting
and displaying and advertising of notices of meetings, and is the official
correspondent of the community council.

Full support and training provided. If you, or anyone you know, may be interested in this exciting opportunity please contact Kevin Ditcham on Please share as widely as possible via social media/email/conversations within your networks and communities!

Uploads today

Happy Friday everyone!

I have been uploading lots of minutes and agendas to your community council pages. If you’ve sent stuff in the past week, please check to see whether or not it’s there; hopefully it should be.

Please remember to always send minutes and agendas to and not any council officer’s personal email address. This is to ensure we can file everything appropriately and allows all members of the Community Engagement Team to access the files in case there are any queries.

Thanks for your help and have a wonderful weekend!

Thanks to Karen Bryan for use of the image under Creative Commons licence.

Uploads Today

Firstly, we hope you all had a fantastic Pancake Day yesterday! What toppings did you go with; old favorites or did you try something new? Let us know by commenting below! 🙂

Added to the site today (Wednesday 18 February 2015):

Inveresk Community Council

Planning report for meeting on 16th Feb 2015

Strathmartine Community Council

Minutes 29 Jan 2015

Auchterhouse Community Council 

Agenda 19 Feb 2015


9th Feb 2015