Charrette report goes to council

Brechin's youth art group shared their thoughts on what was good and bad about the town and what they'd like in the future.

Brechin's youth art group shared their thoughts on what was good and bad about the town and what they'd like in the future.

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A full meeting of the Angus Council were given a report on the Brechin Charrette, an intensive design consultation, on June 18.

The charrette took place in February with the aim of developing a vision for the future of the town

As part of the consultation period, priority projects emerged, including the creation of the community cinema and the chance to reuse the leisure centre for a skatepark and other community facilities.

Austin Smith Lord, who ran the charrette, identified next steps for the project in their findings to the council.

These included the selection of a project ‘champion’, who would “advocate and promote the wider benefits of the Brechin Action Plan and Development Framework and continue to build support among public, private and third sector partners”.

In her report on the charrette to the council, Vivian Smith, head of planning and place, stated: “The charrette confirmed that the town centre’s historic core and considerable physical assets, both built and natural environment, had significant potential to contribute to the achievement of a long term vision for the town. The community’s commitment to the future of their town was identified as a significant strength comparing favourably to elsewhere and providing a solid foundation for future action and development.”

The report also outlined possible project actions, including the potential reuse or redevelopment of vacant or potentially vacant buildings, tackling areas of blight, developing the link between St Ninians Square and the High Street and the enhancement of the open space by the River South Esk where the flood prevention works are currently taking place.

The report by Ms Smith also highlighted the need for community communication, stating: “It will be necessary to involve relevant members of the community, partner agencies and council officers to consider actions as appropriate to ensure progress is made. Communication with the wider community will also be essential over the short, medium and longer term.”