The heart of Arbroath’s town centre is the Sheriff Court and as it is set to move proceedings to nearby Forfar, the grand, listed building is all that will be left in its wake.
Arbroath Court Action Group has pre-empted the impact of another empty shell on the High Street and has come together to investigate the possibility of the buildings becoming a community asset for the benefit of the local people.
“Both these civic buildings have significant architectural importance to our heritage,” said a spokesperson from the Action Group.
Part of the town’s history, the main court building was the former Council Chambers and the adjoining building was the meeting place for Arbroath Merchants.
The group of community minded individuals have studied other successful community asset buyouts in Scotland and have used their experience as a guideline for this project. So far the group have carried out an independent valuation survey funded by Development Trust Scotland and have looked into ideas for the layout of the space for public use. To go ahead with this great project they need evidence and support from the community and want to know what you think.
They will hold a survey tomorrow (Saturday) and if you miss it the Arbroath Retailers’ Association will have survey boards in their premises. A public meeting will also be held in The Meadowbank on May 28.