FORFAR’S Future LOOKING bright

20151122- Future Forfar Charrette'Pictured at the launch on Sunday are left to right Dele Adeyemo, Lachlan Wallace, Marlene Sim and Rab McMonagle. ''Copyright Andy Thompson Photography / ATIMAGES''No use without payment.
20151122- Future Forfar Charrette'Pictured at the launch on Sunday are left to right Dele Adeyemo, Lachlan Wallace, Marlene Sim and Rab McMonagle. ''Copyright Andy Thompson Photography / ATIMAGES''No use without payment.

A “deluge” of Forfarians of all ages has turned out in force to have their say on what they would like for the future of the town centre.

Over the last three days they have attended the ‘Future Forfar’ drop in sessions and workshops, putting forward their vision.

Dele Adeyemo, director and co-founder of Pidgin Perfect, a creative studio which has led the workshops, said: “There has been a good turnout from a range of people from across the community.

“It has been a kind of slow build starting on Sunday and on Monday we had a great turnout for the workshop looking at how we develop business, commerce and enterprise - to develop a sense of culture.

“On Monday evening we also had a great turnout when we were looking at things in the perspective of Forfar residents; the number of people coming along has been building all the time.”

Forfar Academy was well represented with pupils making a valuable contribution.

Dele continued: “The pupils had some really strong things to say about the town centre being a place for young people. They were saying ‘it’s our town too’ and were making some really bold suggestions about how things need to change and adapt for them, to make it an exciting place for them to be, particularly in the evenings and at weekends.

“They are also keen for something to bring to the different generations.

“There are a lot of overlaps between ideas that are emerging and a lot to work on.

“We started with a steady stream of folk which has built up to a deluge of people coming in to the Future Forfar cafe in the high street, and that process needs to continue.

“What we’ve gathered so far from the community is building up an exciting picture of values and aspirations centred on enhancing the character of the town centre, developing better communication and defining a focus, stimulating footfall, and celebrating each generation.

“We will be submitting an interim report of the work and ideas gathered to Angus Council in December and there will be a follow up event in January that we intend to invite as many people to as possible. Between now and the follow up meeting we will work Angus Council and partners to develop strategies for specific projects.”