Cllr Lawrie welcomes 999 Day

999 Day will take place at 9am on 9th September

A motion was passed at today’s special meeting of Angus Council to support Emergency Services Day.

Emergency Services Day, otherwise known as 999 day, will take place on the 9th of September.

The aim of the day is to:

  • Promote volunteering across the emergency services including special constabulary, NHS community responders, retained firefighters, RNLI and coastguard volunteers.
  • Promote using the emergency services responsibly.
  • Educate the public on essential skills including how to be safe in the water, fire safety, crime prevention, and basic yet essential life saving skills.
  • The 999 day will be an excellent event for emergency services charities to fundraise, raise their profile, and generate support.

Speaking at the meeting, Liberal Democrat Councillor Ben Lawrie said:

“Our Police, Ambulance, Fire and Coastguard Services put themselves in the face of danger as part of the day job to ensure that there is always someone there to protect us when we’re at our most vulnerable.

These are our real life super heroes.

Emergency Services Day aims to educate the public in life saving skills, promote responsible behaviour to reduce the strain on services, and raise awareness of volunteering opportunities to aid and bolster the crucial work that our emergency services do.

It’s a fantastic idea and something that this Council should be full square behind.”

The motion to support 999 day was backed unanimously by Councillors and the Emergency Services Flag will be flown on Council buildings on that date.

More information on 999 day here.

Monifieth Recycling Centre Closure Put on Hold

This afternoon, the newly-formed Angus Administration passed a motion which “defers implementation of the closures and changes to hours for the recycling centres” in Angus.

A member/officer group will be established to review the proposed changes to opening hours with the aim of bringing forward a report on the conclusions of this review in September.

The motion was proposed by leader of the council Bob Myles and seconded by Councillor for Monifieth & Sidlaw, Ben Lawrie.

Speaking at the meeting of the council this afternoon, Cllr Lawrie said:

“It’s incumbent upon all of us to foster a culture of recycling.

As well as our responsibility as individuals to do our bit, there is also a responsibility at all levels of government, whether it’s national, international, or in our case, local.

To promote this culture of recycling, we need to make recycling as easy as possible for as many people as possible rather than creating extra barriers.

With that in mind I’m pleased that this motion has been put forward. Whilst protecting our environment becomes ever more important, it may not be prudent to reduce the opening hours of recycling centres across Angus.”

I’m particularly pleased that the motion puts on hold the impending closure of the Monifieth Recycling Centre.

Monifieth residents do not want to lose the centre and as an environmentalist I share that sentiment.

Whilst the motion can’t guarantee the long-term future of the recycling centre, I’m convinced that this is the best first step. I hope that fellow members will join me in supporting this motion so that Angus can play its full role in protecting our environment.”