Town vision plans submitted to council

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PLANS that set out a vision for the future of Arbroath have now been submitted to Angus Council as part of their local development plan.

Local architects business the Voigt Partnership unveiled their proposals for the town, which they say aim to put the beating heart back into the centre of the area, two weeks ago.

The plans set out a 20 to 30-year plan which could see the centre of Arbroath completely overhauled with a town plaza area created near the Abbeygate and Lidl.

Other ideas included making the most of attractions such as the West Links and Kerr’s Miniature Railway as well as a possible relocation of Arbroath FC’s home ground Gayfield Park.

Last week the Herald reported that community leaders broadly welcomed the vision set out by the Voigt Partnership.

And now Heinz Voigt has confirmed they have submitted their plan to the local authority.

Mr Voigt said: “It was said by the council that we should contribute through their local development plan and we have now made that submission to the council.

“We have had confirmation back that the ideas in the plans will be put forward for discussion which is quite good news.

“The plan will now go on the council website and ideas can go out to consultation to get people’s views and see if the ideas are worthwhile.”

The Voigt Partnership plan to display their drawings and ideas in an exhibition in their new premises in the Erskine Church once renovation work on the building is complete.

Mr Voigt added: “What we put forward might not be the ideas that go ahead but it is all about stimulating discussion.

“Once our premises are ready, we will open up our exhibition space so people can see the plans and give us feedback.”

A spokeswoman from Angus Council said: “We have received details of Mr Voigt’s ideas for Arbroath and will be examining and evaluating his suggestions.”

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