Grant for community project

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A DISUSED Friockheim school could be set to be transformed into a community facility.

In the latest round of funding from Awards4All Scotland, Friockheim Community Council have been awarded £10,000 so they can carry out a feasibility study into the project at the old Eastgate School.

The school, built in the 19th century, was the only school in the village until the new primary school opened in the 1970s.

Recently it has been declared surplus to requirements by Angus Council and in January a public meeting was held to gauge interest in turning the building into a community resource.

And on Tuesday, it was announced the community council had been successful in receiving a £10,000 grant for a feasibility study on the project to begin.

Iain Grieve Consultants based in Edinburgh have already been appointed to the project and their study will take in the state of building, the redevelopment required, possible uses and capital and running costs as well as potential revenue streams.

They will also look at commitment from the community, the knock on effect on existing community facilities, governance and statutory issues.

Friockheim and District Community Council secretary Dougie Pond explained that a group has been established to take this project forward and so far the response has been good.

He said: “The general feel is positive about this but with the big question being can we afford this.

“Hopefully this study will give us guidance on what we can do.”

If the project is feasible, it is hoped discussions with Angus Council will result in either the sale of the building or a lease on it for a peppercorn rent.

It is hoped that the feasibility study will be complete in the autumn of this year.

And local residents are being urged to get involved with the project.

Any Friockheim and district area resident who wishes to put forward their views on the project can either leave a letter in the Community Council suggestions box at the Newsagent, Gardyne Street, Friockheim.

Or email eg.school@btinternet.com