Teamwork at heart of park

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The chair of Arbroath Skatepark Project Committee has given her heartfelt thanks after the development was given the nod last week.

On Thursday Jillian Low had a positive meeting with sportscotland who are providing £100,000 of match-funding and Angus Council who are supporting the group.

She said: “The meeting went very well. Andrew Kelly from sportscotland was very pleased that all the terms and conditions would be met and that Angus Council were carrying out the tendering process.

“We are good to go and move forward to the tendering process which will hopefully be in February.”

Chief executive of sportscotland Stewart Harris said: “It is fantastic that the fund-raising target to allow this project to move forward has now been met and we look forward to working with Arbroath Skatepark Project Club and Angus Council to see the facility come to fruition.

“We are committed to building and supporting a world-class sporting system at all levels, and this skatepark will provide a fabulous facility which will be available for the whole of the Angus community to use.”

A delighted Jillian added: “On behalf of Arbroath Skatepark Project Club, I would like to extend my heartfelt thanks to the community of Arbroath, whose support for our project has been second to none. In December last year, we had a shortfall of funds amounting to £27,000. Following a public appeal for help, we have now reached our target.

“I find it impossible to sufficiently express my gratitude to each and every person who contributed. It has been quite overwhelming. I feel very proud to be part of this project, and I hope the people of Arbroath share that pride. This effort has been a wonderful example of community spirit, and just goes to show that ordinary, everyday people really can make a difference.

“I would just like to say a personal thank you to Jade Mitchell of the West Links snack bar and an anonymous donor for their donations. It was their pledges that took us to full funding.”