Work to start on West Links play park

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WORK that will see a half-a-million pound upgrade to the West Links play area is set to start on Wednesday (June 6).

The improvements are just part of a wider development plan for the seafront area after it was criticised for being the worst in Angus.

The new play area will reflect local landmarks and will feature a section for toddlers, adventure areas including timber and stainless steel play equipment.

There will also be a rubber surfaced landscaped play area with moulded contours and dips; timber sculptures, colourful walls to act as wind screens and a climbing wall.

Plans for the new play area were positively received by those people who took part in a public consultation last year, and the majority of the play equipment was selected by local schoolchildren.

 The work, being undertaken by contractor Covanburn Contracts Ltd, Hamilton, will cost £490,148.58 and take 16 weeks to complete.

The existing play park will remain open to the public until early September when it will be closed to allow the final works on the new facility to take place.

All other leisure facilities and businesses will remain unaffected.

Part of Queens Drive will be closed between Monday at 8 a.m. until 4.30 p.m. on Fridays to allow deliveries and construction traffic to access the site in a safe manner.

And neighbourhood services convener Councillor Donald Morrison is delighted that work is finally about to begin. He said: “I am pleased that work will begin shortly on the new play area, which is part of a bigger plan to enhance West Links in partnership with local businesses.

“Council officers and Arbroath West councillor, David Fairweather are to be congratulated for their hard work and I am sure that once completed, the play park will be a great facility for local people and visitors alike to enjoy.”