Plans for a new community campus at Brechin High School have taken a big step forward with concept designs for the site to be unveiled.
Local people are invited to an event at the school at 7 p.m., tonight (Thursday, February 14) to view and give feedback on the proposals for the development of the site.
Comments made at this initial event will be taken on board by the design team, and updated drawings will be made available at a further consultation meeting on Tuesday, March 12.
On March 8 members of the City of Brechin and District Community Council will be given a presentation about the plans at their meeting at the Damacre Centre, starting at 7.30 p.m.
The updated plans will also be displayed from March 13 to 15 in the school, library, Damacre Centre and leisure centre, to give as many people as possible the opportunity to contribute.
Education spokesperson Sheena Welsh said: “I hope the local community will take the opportunity to view these plans, and give their views as we work together to develop more detailed proposals for the site.”
The Brechin Community Campus project will incorporate the replacement for Brechin High School, enhanced community leisure facilities, and a performance space and accommodation for adult learning and youth activities.
The new £24 million facility is being developed in partnership with the East Central Territory hubco - which has been established to cover the Tayside, Fife and Central areas, and which the council can use to deliver community projects of this nature.
The community campus was discussed at last week’s meeting of the community council when convener Grahame Lockhart raised concerns about the possibility of savings being made and any surplus funds could be used on other projects.
However, assuranc was given by councillors Jim Houston and Mairi Evans that this could not happen.
Councillor Evans said: “The money will be in the budget and is legally committed and that is what it will have to be used for.
“It couldn’t be the case that money could be saved here and used there because once the money is in the budget and is legally committed then that is there and it has to be used for that.”
Councillor Houston continued: “It has to be legally committed to allow the Government money to be made available.
“They [the Government] are not going to give money that is plus or minus. You get an amount and is up to us, not to shave money off, and to make sure that the money that is there is used to its maximum and that inflation doesn’t bite hard into it.”
However Grahame stated that he had received confirmation from Angus Council that money to pay legal fees over issues with access will come off the £24 million funding.
As well as giving feedback at the public meeting residents can also give feedback on the proposals at www.angus.gov.uk/hys, or by writing to the Director of Education, Angus House, Orchardbank Business Park, Forfar, DD8 1AE. The designs and background information on the project are available at www.angus.gov.uk/brechincommunitycampus.