September 30 marks decision day for future of Pictavia

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The decision on whether or not to close Pictavia Visitor Centre will be made by Angus Council’s Development and Enterprise Committee on September 30.

The centre is home to the story of Brechin, and Angus’s, Pictish heritage and also houses the VisitScotland information centre.

However, concerns over decreasing visitor numbers and a change in relation to the demand for fixed tourism information led to a council review of the centre’s operation, with input from major stakeholders.

Councillor Mairi Evans, the committee’s convener, said: “The review has confirmed that the centre will likely remain a drain on council resources. The investment needed to achieve a sustainable increase in visitor numbers is in the hundreds of thousands. We can’t contemplate that level of expenditure, nor can we maintain the current level of subsidy.”

If the council agrees to close the centre, the lease or sale of the building will be discussed with Brechin Castle Centre Limited, in accordance with the legal agreements in place for the centre and the site.