A NUMBER of local groups have applied for community grants from Angus Council.
The Westmuir Community Development Trust has asked for £995.05 to upgrade the footpath and improve drainage at Westmuir Community woodland park. The upgrades will improve access to walkers to the footpaths and resolving the drainage problem will keep the paths open for a longer period of the year and enhance a facility which is enjoyed by all members of the local community.
Angus and Dundee Bird Club, which is Angus wide, has asked for £500 to produce and publish their annual bird survey report following a monitoring and analysis exercise undertaken by members. The grant will be awarded on the condition that copies are sent to all Angus libraries and a further ten copies to Leisure Services for Countryside facilities.
The Brighty Wood Group, by Tealing, have requested £120 to purchase insurance cover for their first year in existence. Funding will be awarded on the condition that the group submit written confirmation that the owner of the woodland is agreeable to taking on the maintenance of the wood and the group cannot take advantage of any form of umbrella insurance the owner may be able to offer.
Finally the Guthrie Hall Committee have asked for the total of £5,000 to go towards providing a further community meeting room and storage facility for the hall.
The cost of the building works totals over £25,000 and Rural Tayside LEADER has awarded part of the funding. However, the project would not be able to go ahead without council funding and a contribution from the group themselves. It has been recommended for approval subject to conditions.