Breathing new life into the West Links

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EXCITING plans that could totally revitalise the West Links are to be revealed soon as Arbroath gears up for the summer.

Last year it was announced that businesses in the area were to enter into talks with Angus Council in a bid to breathe life back into the seafront by forming a public private partnership.

It is understood that officers from the local authority have been drawing up proposals for the area and these will be put before the council’s neighbourhood services committee before the summer recess.

The West Links had come under criticism last year when Arbroath councillor Peter Nield labelled it: “the worst seafront in Angus.”

But fellow Arbroath councillor David Fairweather says the area has not been forgotten and plans for the West Links will be revealed very soon.

He said: “We are moving forward and I am aware that plans are well under way for the area.

“These are absolutely superb and businesses at the West Links seem to be fully enthusiastic about regeneration.

“The plans will come out in the next council cycle.”

Since concerns were raised about the West Links, Angus Council has replaced and repaired some of the play equipment.

And business owners in the area are also said to be excited by the proposals after being in discussion with the council over the regeneration.

Jade Mitchell, who owns the snack bar and last year resurrected traditional seaside competitions and activities, was also looking to future improvements.

She said: “We are trying to bring the area into the 21st century and building it up for he community and for tourism.

“We want to inject life back into the area and improve facilities to make it a hive of activity for all ages.

“It is definitely going to be exciting and will hopefully benefit Arbroath as a town.”

When it was announced that there were plans to start discussing improvements to the West Links last year, it was suggested a potential new facility could rival the award-winning seafront at Carnoustie.