West Links upgrade approved

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THE £500,000 upgrade of the West Links in Arbroath has finally got the green light after receiving planning permission from Angus Council.

The local authority’s development standards committee approved the plans, which will see a brand new play area being installed and other improvements.

The upgrade will also form part of a wider development which will see other businesses in the area try to attract more visitors to the seafront.

One of these businesses is Kerr’s Miniature Railway which plans to extend the length of their track.

A recent public consultation saw a very positive response to the plans with nearly all respondents happy with the design and layout of proposals.

The facility 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.

In his report to councillors, Eric Lowson, director of infrastructure services, explained the new play area would enhance the West Links.

He said: “The proposed play park would bring enhanced play facilities closer to the main access point to the West Links area and many of the other existing leisure facilities as a replacement for the existing play park that is currently located around 100 metres further to the west.

“The replacement park would also bring toddler play facilities closer to the paddling pool encouraging greater interaction between to two areas in a similar manner to the park that has been similarly and successfully enhanced recently on the shore front at Carnoustie.

“The proposed development will provide for an improvement in recreational facilities at the West Links area of Arbroath in a manner that complies with relevant policies of the development plan.”

It is hoped that the work will go out to tender soon with a start date of May, 2012.