Wraps come off action plan for Kirriemuir area

ANGUS Council has released its plans for developing and improving the town of Kirriemuir and the surrounding area.

Plans were released alongside a further seven at the Canmore Room, Forfar on Friday and they could address many of the concerns which have been raised by local people.

The plans set out the different strands of activities and projects to be delivered in each of the seven areas by council departments and their partner organisations, which include Tayside Police, Tayside Fire and Rescue and NHS Tayside as well as voluntary organisations.

Also included in the plans are improvements which local communities would like to see in their areas.

Anti-social and criminal behaviour will be a prime target as the services will work to reduce the impact of binge drinking and provide alternatives to the drinking culture.

They will also work with the community to reduce drug dealing and drug abuse and increase awareness of the problem of domestic abuse.

The housing division will construct four new affordable flats in Lindsay Street while empty flats in Marywell Gardens will be appraised for future development.

There are also plans to replace windows in 78 houses and flats in Clova Road and Prosen Road.

Services will continue to support ongoing work to improve public transport within rural areas while they will also look towards providing a mobile service delivery.

The plan’s aspirations for Kirriemuir and Dean include the introduction of a loyalty card, a welcome pack for new residents, development of the Angus Mountain Biking Trail, a business listing for the area and improving the marketing of the area as a tourist destination.

The plan also highlights a number of ongoing projects such as the development of the Angus Glens Walking Festival, improving Broadband in rural areas, supporting the Outdoor Angus initiative and developing the Tayside Police Museum.

In order to develop a more supportive community there will be improvements made to the BMX Track at Kirriemuir Hill, opening the youth drop-in centre at the Glengate and a new recording and rehearsal facility.

It is hoped that in the future a project to capture experiences, both electronically and in print, of Kirriemuir as an industrial town will be set up, a gazebo will be procured to be used for community activities and a database will be established for existing community groups and activity across the area.

Councillor Jim Millar, Convener of Neighbourhood Services said: “I am delighted to launch the local community plans, which represent much hard work on behalf of the Local Community Planning Division, in consultation with our partners and communities.

“The plans bring together a profile for each of the areas, and a detailed action plan as well as information as to the improvements the local communities would like to see in their areas.

“These improvements cover all aspects of community life from tackling anti-social behaviour or road safety problems to the redevelopment of park areas.

“The Angus Community Planning Partnership is committed to working with communities to achieve their vision that Angus is a place where a first class quality of life can be enjoyed by all.”