Blairgowrie & Rattray Community Council

Information on the issues affecting our community and about your community council


Have you got a story to tell?

VisitScotland, in partnership with Museums Galleries Scotland and supported by National Lottery Heritage Fund, are launching a new fund on Wednesday 11 August. The fund is directed at providing an opportunity for communities across Scotland to put on events that tell the stories that are unique or important to them.

Awards of between £500 and £5,000 are available and applicants should read the full guidance here before applying.

More detail about the fund is outlined below and full details can be found here https://www.museumsgalleriesscotland.org.uk/funding/year-of-stories-2022-community-stories-fund/

Applications must be made through the Museums Galleries Scotland website, and applicants must first register online to create an account before making an application. If applicants have any questions in relation to their application they should get in touch with the MGS team by contacting grants@museumsgalleriesscotland.org.uk.

Deadline for applications for this round of funding is 1 October 2021. A further round of funding will open on 24 January 2022.

What story will you tell?

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Real world meetings!

Slowly but surely things are returning to normal, and for us that next step means meeting in person rather than online! 🎉

Our next Community Council meeting will be on Thursday 12th August, from 7 til 9pm, at the Adult Resource Center, on Jessie Street. This will be the first meeting of the new iteration of members since last month’s election.

We’d like to say “thank you” to the members who have left (👏🏼👏🏼👏🏼) and “welcome” to the ones who have now joined. So much good work done, and more still to do.

If you have any issues or questions you’d like to raise just get in touch 😊


New Recreation Centre Proposals

As you’ll know, we are to have a new recreation center built to replace the old one, but what facilities should it have? What are the facilities that are being proposed, and are they appropriate/suitable for your fitness needs and goals?

This link will take you to the PKC consultation page and, although the live discussion date has passed, there is still an opportunity to look at the proposals, ask questions and submit your feedback.

The consultation will be closing on 28th July.


What are your thoughts on fireworks?

Following the Minister for Community Safety’s response to the Firework Review Group recommendations in December 2020, where she set out her intention to explore how the recommendations could be implemented in practice, a programme of legislative change is being progressed. 

Please find below information on how to respond to a public consultation seeking views on proposed changes to how fireworks can be accessed and used in Scotland, as well as an update on implementation of measures that come into force on 30 June 2021.

Fireworks Consultation Launch

On Sunday 20 June 2021 a public consultation seeking views from the public and stakeholders on the introduction of four specific requirements in relation to the sale and use of fireworks in Scotland, as well as a new offence in relation to carrying a pyrotechnic device in a public place without reasonable excuse or lawful authority. 

Specifically, the consultation is seeking views on:

  • Requiring the general public and community groups to meet a number of mandatory conditions before they are able to purchase fireworks.
  • Restricting the days fireworks can be sold to, and set off by, the general public. 
  • Introducing no-fireworks areas where it is not permitted for the general public to set fireworks off.
  • Introducing a proxy purchasing offence to criminalise the supply of fireworks to people under the age of 18.

The consultation also considers the use of pyrotechnic devices and specifically whether it should be an offence to carry a pyrotechnic device in a public place without reasonable excuse or lawful authority, and whether police powers should be extended to allow a stop and search provision for anyone reasonably suspected of committing the offence.

The consultation can be found on the following link: https://consult.gov.scot/justice/use-and-sale-of-fireworks-in-scotland.  We would be very grateful if you could circulate this to anyone that may have an interest and would like to respond.

The consultation will run for 8 weeks, and will close on Sunday 15 August.

PKC will be running a series of online engagement events while the consultation is live – these are available now to sign up at the bottom the linked paged, and further events will be added over the course of the next few weeks.

The Fireworks (Scotland) Miscellaneous Amendments Regulations 2021

In February 2021, the Minister for Community Safety laid The Fireworks (Scotland) Miscellaneous Amendments Regulations 2021 in the Scottish Parliament.  The regulations include three new measures in relation to the way the general public can use and access fireworks and come into force on 30 June. The regulations:

  • Restrict the times of day fireworks can be used by the general public to between 6pm and 11pm (subject to exempt dates),
  • Restrict the times of day fireworks can be supplied to the general public to during the daytime hours of 7am and 6pm, alongside existing requirements on retailers around sale and storage licences;
  • Limit the quantity of fireworks that can be supplied to the general public to 5kg.

The regulations include a number of exemptions for organisers of public organised firework displays, including community groups arranging a public firework display in their local area.  Easy to read guidance on the impact the measures have how the fireworks can be supplied to and used by the general public is available below.

The Fireworks (Scotland) Miscellaneous Amendments Regulations 2021: information for retailers – gov.scot (www.gov.scot)

The Fireworks (Scotland) Miscellaneous Amendments Regulations 2021: information on the use of fireworks – gov.scot (www.gov.scot)

If you would like any further information or have any questions, please get in touch with fireworks@gov.scot

Closing Date: Sunday 15 August.

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Care to join us?

PERTH AND KINROSS COUNCIL

NOTICE OF BLAIRGOWRIE & RATTRAY COMMUNITY COUNCIL BY-ELECTION

THURSDAY 12 AUGUST 2021

A By-Election is to be held for the above-named Community Council. The by-election will take place on Thursday 12 August 2021 to elect 10 members. Where the number of valid nominations exceeds the maximum number of members for the community council area an election will require to be held.

Persons wishing to represent their community council must be 16 years of age, reside in the community council area and be named on the electoral register for the community council area in which they are standing. A candidate’s proposer and seconder must also be named on the electoral register and reside in the same community council area.

To stand as a candidate a completed nomination form, together with a supporting 50 word statement, must be submitted to the Returning Officer at the address below or by email to communitycouncils@pkc.gov.uk by 4pm on Thursday 22 July 2021.

Nomination forms can be downloaded below, and copies of the Scheme of Establishment of Community Councils can be downloaded at http://www.pkc.gov.uk/communitycouncils or from the Returning Officer at 2 High Street, Perth, PH1 5PH, tel: 01738 475004 or email communitycouncils@pkc.gov.uk

Fiona Robertson

Returning Officer (Community Councils)

Dated: 1 July 2021


We Need your views.

The Blairgowrie & Rattray Community Action Plan Review is under way!

Have you completed the CAP Review Survey yet? It consists of only 7 questions, and takes just minutes to complete, yet by getting involved you could influence what happens in your community both now and in the future.


If you live in Blairgowrie or Rattray, whatever your age, whether you are at school, a student, work in or outwith the town, are seeking employment, volunteer with a local community group or are retired, your views really do matter. 

In fact, the broader the range of responses that are received, the better. What’s important is that your views are received – because if you don’t share what you think, how can anything ever change? 

As everyone experiences the town in different ways, please encourage everyone in your household to complete the survey.

Click the link and have your say, www.surveymonkey.co.uk/r/BlairgowrieandRattrayCAPReview

Closing date 21/06/21.


Virtual Community Council Meetings

As a result of Co-vid we have been unable to hold our normal community council meetings, however, we’re eager to resume these so we can get back to business! We have been having informal meetings using Zoom as a stop-gap measure which has worked very well and we are delighted to announce that we have been given the green light by the council to use Zoom as a way of holding an official meeting with our Councillors and the public.

If you would like to come along then please send us an e-mail to sec@brcommunitycouncil.org.uk or a message on Facebook and we will send you an invitation once we have everything organised.

We look forward to when we are able to hold physical meetings again but in the meantime, we hope this will be of benefit to our local community.


Blairgowrie & Rattray Coronavirus Coordination Group

This group has developed a community support service for those needing help in the town and surrounding communities. The Group members collective experience and expertise covers a wide range of disciplines, enabling an effective response to the current situation.

We have been meeting since early March to set up a local support system for people who are self-isolating and for others who are unable to leave their homes safely. As well as a central team, there are four teams of three coordinators and around150 volunteers undertaking daily tasks to support folk in need.

There are a number of community support services being provided

  • The services went live on Monday 30th March 2020 – for information about this and other resources in the town, go to the Discover Blairgowrie website
  • The volunteer taskforce is shopping, collecting prescriptions, delivering books and other services for those who can pay for them. They are providing free food packages for those either unable to pay due to their circumstances, or unable to access funds in these challenging times.
  • They are setting up and running a number of food larders in local communities around the town
  • They are also providing a phone buddy service for those who  are maybe feeling a bit lonely or would just like someone to have a chat with
  • Personal protective equipment has been purchased and guidance issued to ensure safe working practice
  • The service will continue to exist for as long as the restrictions are in place and people need our support

YOU CAN HELP TOO BY DONATING TO THE FUND

Donate here via Crowdfunder

Blairgowrie & Rattray Coronavirus Coordination Group
Helping Vulnerable People in Self-Isolation and Struggling Families

Your donation will go towards essential items such as food packages for families in crisis, self-isolating vulnerable people and folk in our community with financial difficulties due to sudden loss of income or other reasons, leaving them unable to access funds.  It will help to purchase protective equipment, so volunteers can shop,  collect prescriptions, deliver books and stock food larders as safely as possible and contribute to our operating costs, telephones and transport.


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Blairgowrie & Rattray Community Volunteers

Are you over 70 or self-isolating due to Coronavirus? The Blairgowrie & Rattray Coronavirus Co-ordination Group could help you get the support you need.

Download this information sheet for details of all the help and support available to you

Support Available via the Blairgowrie & Rattray Coronavirus Co-ordination Group