Kilsyth Forum turns spotlight on three big issues

THE Kilsyth and Villages Community Forum has had a busy April with meetings on mental health, Beautiful Scotland, and the local plan.

On Monday, April 6 the Forum discussed mental health provision in North Lanarkshire with guest speakers Pauline Carmichael of NHS Lanarkshire and Thomas Bowler of Clubnet.

Pauline, who is a senior charge nurse based in Cumbernauld, described short-term patient focussed intervention facilities and long-term community outreach programmes.

Thomas, who is a facilitator for voluntary organisation Clubnet based in Coatbridge, described the project's work to help get people with mental health issues back into the community and back into work.

Clubnet can be contacted on 01698 265659, email, website

At the same meeting Keith Vernon of NLC landscape architects described Kilsyth's application to the Beautiful Scotland competition and the need for enthusiastic community backing to make this a success.

Fiona Murdoch of the Friends of Burngreen is leading the voluntary sector input. Burngreen won an award in last year's competition.

Keith Vernon is leading the North Lanarkshire Council's input and he will welcome ideas for improvements. He can be contacted on 01698 402077 or email

On Monday, April 20, the Forum held a public meeting on North Lanarkshire Council's finalised draft local plan.

David Jones, NLC's team leader for the local plan, gave a comprehensive introduction to the plan and answered many searching question from the public.

The plan is now 'on deposit' for public consultation and all submissions have to be received by the council before Friday, May 29.

The Forum put in detailed submissions two years ago at the initial consultation and will make a new submission on the new draft. The Forum is also encouraging all local groups and residents to have their say.

For further information contact the local plan team on 01236 618133, email The local plan is available at local libraries and online at

The Forum brings together local community and voluntary organisations in Kilsyth and the villages. For further information contact publicity officer Paul Carter on 01236 822437 or NLC community engagement officer Thomas Griffith on 616276.