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My Role as a Community Councillor - Jo Green (Vice Chair)

posted 12 Jan 2016, 12:00 by Communications TEAM
Another in our series of Community Councillor blogs. Our Vice Chair, Jo Green, talks about how she’s seen the Community Council change over the years.

I've been a Community Councillor for 5 years.  I was encouraged to join by a local friend. I'm really glad that I did.  I have a son and he was benefitting from being a part of many local groups e.g Cubs, being run by local volunteers.  This motivated me to play my part in the community as well and to give something back.

It has been a great way to really connect into what's happening in Bridge of Allan. I've also made some good friends as a result.  Everyone on the Community Council really wants to do the best for the community and that makes it really worthwhile.

I have been Secretary and Chair and am now Vice Chair.  The Community Council has changed a lot since I joined 5 years ago.  At that time not all of the Councillors had access to email and we dealt a lot with paper correspondence.  One of the best developments over recent years has been the development of our website, Facebook, Twitter and email listings.  It has helped us to share information and understand local views more easily although nothing beats just chatting to folk in the community.  Being a Community Councillor is a great way to get talking to people. I have sounded out views whilst outside the school gates, in the queue at the post office etc. Always makes for lively chat.

When I wander through Bridge of Allan I feel proud of the things that the Community Council has achieved like the development of Provost Park, the refurbishment of Paterson's Clock and new play park equipment.  Giving up a little time to be a part of the Community Council can really make a big difference.

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