Kirrie latest town to undertake charrette

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Kirriemuir is the next Angus town to go through a design charrette - which will focus on town centre improvements, a magnetic music appeal and the historic strengths of JM Barrie.

Kirriemuir’s past, present and perhaps most importantly, its future will be under the microscope during the charrette - dubbed Kirrie Talks - in September.

To the fore of the project’s objectives is developing a long-term vision and strategy for the future of Kirriemuir town centre and its place within the town itself and its wider hinterland.

Its success very much relies upon the interest, involvement and contribution of the local community.

Charrettes – consultation and design programmes – have already taken place in Arbroath, Brechin, Carnoustie, Forfar, Monifieth and Montrose. All of them drew excellent responses from their communities through creative conversations, activities and events.

Local councillor and vice-convener of Communities, Jeanette Gaul said: “The charrettes programme has been successful in generating a great deal of local interest, as well as a pride in where people live and ambition for the future wellbeing and vibrancy community. I am sure the people of Kirriemuir will grasp this opportunity with equal enthusiasm.

“The charrette will look to build on Kirriemuir’s many assets and strengths, confront what challenges there are locally and grasp the opportunities that lie ahead in the short, medium and long term.

“I hope everyone in the Kirriemuir community can play a part in Kirrie Talks.”

Developed by Angus Council and facilitated by a team of experts in town planning, architecture, property development and community regeneration, the charrette will provide a detailed view of Kiriemuir’s existing and possible future services, including housing, retail, leisure and tourism.

The event launches on Thursday, September 8, with two further days on the following Tuesday and Wednesday (September 13 and 14).

After harnessing the hopes, wishes ideas and inspirations of local residents, the design team will report back at a charrette exhibition on Tuesday, September 27, at their Design Studio at KirrieConnections Community Hub, 5 Bank Street, Kirriemuir, DD8 4BE, which hosts most of the events.

To whet appetites locally a pre-charrette animation has also been organised for Wednesday, August 24 and Thursday, August 25, in the town. More details will be publicised soon.

Look out for news and updates on the charrettes dedicated Twitter and Facebook pages as well as its Padlet. Details to follow soon.