Autumn start for Kirrie square project

Work on Kirrie square could start in early autumn.
Work on Kirrie square could start in early autumn.

Work on Kirriemuir’s anticipated town square regeneration project is set to begin in the early autumn, the town’s community council has been told.

Local councillor Jeanette Gaul told members at their last meeting that the £100,000 scheme is going out to procurement next week with work starting by the end of September or early October.

Mrs Gaul added that the project had been discussed at last week’s Conservation Area Regeneration Scheme committee meeting.

She said: “Tuesday’s meeting was very productive as we looked at the square and saw the plans for that. We also looked at the design of bins and the type of stone that we want to use in the square.

“That will be going out to procurement on June 8 and we’re trying to push it on as soon as possible, and it could be the end of September or beginning of October to get it done.”

Put forward as part of the town’s Conservation Area Regeneration Scheme (CARS), the proposals aim to make the square a main focal point for the town’s identity and improve the space by replacing damaged paving slabs and introducing a series of new street furniture such as seating, cycle stands and litter bins.

The initial designs were based on a timeline that curves around the space starting from a circle around the Peter Pan statue. The timeline is formed with new granite paving banding inscribed with a text from J.M Barrie’s work.

Proposals also include curved timber and stainless steel seating along the timeline to match the form of the granite banding.

The completed plans were unveiled last spring and put out for public consultation during the summer.

Mrs Gaul added that the CARS project, which grants funding to improve the appearance of properties within the town’s conservation area, continues to be well subscribed.

She said: “We have a map of all the areas that have received money and we’re looking to put it into the public domain to let people know what has happened with the money. It’s really good news that people are coming forward, it’s really enhancing the town.”