Have your say on the future of Arbroath town centre

Notebook Angus town centres'Arbroath High Street'Pic Neil Hanna
Notebook Angus town centres'Arbroath High Street'Pic Neil Hanna

Arbroath folk are being asked by Angus Council to take part in a new consultation on the future of the town centre.

Arbroath town centre is the latest area in Angus to have a design charrette – a consultation and design programme that gathers local opinions, ideas and aspirations, with a view to delivering a vision of what communities want over the short, medium and long term.

Brechin, Carnoustie and Forfar have recently taken part in these creative conversations, activities and events and had an intensive look at existing and possible future services, including housing, retail, leisure and tourism.

Now it is Arbroath’s turn to talk and organisers want to hear the voices of young and old.

Starting on Tuesday, February 2, and over the following two days, from their base at St Andrew’s Church, 21 Hamilton Green, Arbroath, DD11 1JG, the charrette team will invite local people, businesses and agencies to have their say on Arbroath’s future.

Charrettes are collaborative events that bring together local people of all ages with highly qualified, experienced design and planning professionals. Together they seek to find solutions that will benefit the area over the short and long term.

The Arbroath Talks programme has been developed by Angus Council with funding assistance from Scottish Government.

Communities convener and councillor for Arbroath East and Lunan, Donald Morrison, said: “There has been a tremendous amount of energy, enthusiasm and interest around the charrettes we have held across Angus so far. I am sure that this one in Arbroath will also get people talking.

“These intensive design workshops offer a platform for people to say what they want and what they need in their community. It allows them to help shape the future plans for where they live.

“Residents can come together with community groups, private sector agencies and community planners to fix upon the practical and ambitious ways that their communities can be enhanced.

“We want people to talk and to hear what they are saying.”

Consultants Austin-Smith-Lord will lead the charrette, bringing with them their experience of operating such events in Elgin, Port Glasgow and closer to home at Brechin.

They also have expertise in town planning, architecture, property development and community regeneration.

Topics hot for discussion will include town centre regeneration, digital access, employment opportunities and the local economy, and building on Arbroath’s assets.

Once everyone’s aspirations have been gathered, they will be distilled into an action plan, for public bodies, businesses and community organisations to take ownership of.

These will be highlighted in a presentation on February 18, at St Andrew’s Church.

To get involved with the design charrette contact cldarbroath@angus.gov.uk or shortly via Twitter @ArbroathTalks, where you can also be kept up to date with #ArbroathTalks