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Alness the focus of public meeting as community partnership sets sights on action plan

By Hector MacKenzie

A new locality plan is being drawn up for Alness with input from the public invited.
A new locality plan is being drawn up for Alness with input from the public invited.

THE future of Alness is up for discussion at a community meeting in the town this week.

The Easter Ross Community Partnership will meet in public at Alness Academy on Wednesday from 6pm to 8pm.

Alongside an update on the progress of other work undertaken by the partnership, including the Balintore Locality Plan, the focus of the meeting will again be on Alness.

The group, which includes input from Highland Council, NHS Highland and local emergency services, says that thanks to support from local groups and individuals, it has been getting a clearer picture "about what is really good in the community and where people feel improvement is needed".

A general invitation to attend the meeting states: "Now it’s time to get pen to paper to form an Alness Locality Plan with clear aims and actions so that we can make a difference – and we need your help with this."

Chairman Andy Dick, of the Scottish Fire and Rescue Service, said: “Feedback from our communities is vital to the success of the partnership’s work.

"It helps us to identify specific areas of work and improvements which the community tells us are needed. The challenge now is for us to work jointly with the community to help bring about improvements that are needed. So please, do come along to join the discussion and help shape the future."

The meeting is due to take place on Wednesday, August 21 between 6pm and 8pm at Alness Academy.

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