Community council on brink of collapse, says Burnfoot chair

BURNFOOT Community Council chairman Richard Knight claims it could be forced to shut down for six months unless new members are willing to come forward.

Last month the estate’s voluntary body was forced to call off its December meeting due to a lack of members – the constitution demands at least four people are present. But with attendance steadily dwindling and a lack of new faces, Mr Knight fears for its future.

“Attendance is pretty low at the moment and needs to pick up, or we could be forced to have a by-election. And if that wasn’t successful, we could be forced out of action for six months, which would be a huge loss to Burnfoot.”

Mr Knight said the community council currently has eight members on its books, but that only six of those are active. And he has issued an appeal for anyone in the Burnfoot area who may be interested to consider getting involved.

“We need some fresh blood, he stated.

“It can be anyone young or old, but who just wants to change things and have a voice in the community.

“Our meetings are very informal, and I would urge anyone who may be interested to come along and just see what it’s like.”

The next council meeting is at 7pm on Tuesday, January 28, in the community school.