Assurances over new home for ASC

AN ARBROATH councillor has pledged that Arbroath Sporting Club can be assured a new home will be found for them after Seaton Park was deemed surplus to the council’s requirements.

At Thursday’s meeting of Angus Council’s education committee, members agreed that the park was no longer needed by the education department and that it could possibly be redeveloped for social housing.

The field, has been the home of ASC for 25 years. They lease the site from the council but after next season they will be forced to play their games elsewhere in the town.

However, Councillor David Fairweather has promised that the junior football club will be looked after by the local authority and that they will find them an alternative venue.

He told the Herald: “The ASC is very important to Arbroath and the council will make sure that they are accommodated.

“Two sites have already been looked at that could be offered to ASC.

“The club can be assured they won’t have any problems finding a suitable venue in the future.”

If the council do decide to use Seaton Park for social housing, it has been estimated up to 100 houses could be built on the site.

And Councillor Fairweather added that this would be good news for the town.

He said: “I am delighted that Seaton Park might possibly be available for social housing because it would be a push forward to finish the regeneration of that area of the town.

“It is absolutely terrific news and it is thought anything up to 100 houses could be built.”

Fellow Arbroath councillor Donald Morrison also said additional social housing in Arbroath would be welcome but warned an increased population in the east of the town may put pressure on local primary schools.

Proposals are already in place for a brand new £8 million school in the west of the town, which could see Muirfield and Timmergreens merge into a new building on Arbirlot Road West.

And Councillor Morrison say it could be time to review these plans.

He explained: “I have the impression that neighbourhood services are in talks with education about taking on the site at Cliffburn with the possibility of use for social housing which would be very welcome given the severe shortage of suitable social housing in the burgh.

“If housing is built there and together with the proposed housing further along at Montrose Road, there could be an impact on the primary schools.

“The proposals for a new school in the west should be reviewed, given that a big chunk of new housing in the burgh is planned to be built in the east of the town.”

The report on the possible redevelopment of Seaton Park will go back before the neighbourhood services committee next month, where they will decide on whether to instruct officers to draw up a report on redevelopment for the site.