Community use of old village school a step closer

THE FEASIBILITY study concerning possible community use of the former Friockheim Junior Secondary School has been completed by its authors, Iain Grieve Consultants.

It has been presented to the Eastgate Project Group, which was created by Friockheim and District Community Council.

The study concluded: “A new community centre will unquestionably be an important amenity for the local area in and around Friockheim, and a new refurbished facility would ensure that the local community life thrives and a wider and increasing range of activities could be encouraged. The study has identified a feasible development plan for the Eastgate School which we believe:

• Can secure a long term sustainable future for this important community asset

• Meets community requirements as a result of consultation with people and the community

• Will ensure the long term future for much needed community facilities and improved amenities for Friockheim and the surrounding area

• Will provide much improved and complementary local community provision for all the people in Friockheim and those living in the surrounding rural area or hard to reach communities

• Will provide greatly improved meeting, social and recreational facilities for a wide range of community and user groups.

The Eastgate Project Group has made recommendations to the community council.

1 - That the feasibility study be made available to the community as a public document

2 - A formal approach is made to Angus Council with a view to opening discussions on the eventual transfer of the asset to the community.

Depending in the result of these discussions:

3 - That an interim operating organisation be legally established. This to be a formal part of the community council, prior to the eventual establishment of a charitable company to manage and operate any community centre

4 - That grant applications be investigated with a view to raising the required capital and revenue requirements for the first three years of operation as a community centre

5 - That other fund raising opportunities be examined.

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During other community council business a problem with potholes at Kinnell was discussed, and secretary Dougie Pond will report this to Angus Council.

Problems with the reliability of rubbish collections were highlighted. This would also be reported to Angus Council.

It was reported that the accounts stood at £9,517.71, of which approximately £6,000 was a grant for the Eastgate School Feasibility Study.

Problems caused by mud on roads were discussed, along with the legal implications.

The next meeting of Friockheim and District Community Council will be held at 7.30 p.m. on December 5 in the community wing of the village school.