Plans for West Links play area welcomed

THERE has been a positive public response to Angus Council’s plan for a new play area at West Links.

The facility, which will cost £500,000, will include wooden and stainless steel play equipment, a rubber surfaced landscaped play area with moulds and dips, stationary play sculptures and colourful walls for play and wind shelter.

Neighbourhood services convener councillor Jim Millar said: “Although only 95 responses were returned out of a total of 2,500 comment sheets distributed as part of the public consultation, I am pleased that those who did respond were overwhelmingly positive about the design and layout proposals.

“Additional suggestions made by those who completed the consultation have been taken on board in the revised design of the play area.”

The work will go out to tender in January, and the proposed timetable has work starting in May to avoid the worst of the weather, with a September, 2012, finish date.

The development of a new play area is part of the council’s plan to create an improved outdoor play and recreation area at the West Links in partnership with the local businesses already working in the area. Future plans could include a skatepark, as favoured by more than half of those who completed the survey.

Members of the neighbourhood services committee noted the responses from the public consultation at their meeting on Thursday.