Engagement event aimed at rural and fisheries communities in Angus

The Mechanics' Institute
The Mechanics' Institute

Residents in Brechin and Edzell are being invited to an event to discuss the needs and priorities of rural and fisheries communities in Angus.

The engagement event, which will be held in March, is part of the new LEADER and European Maritime and Fisheries Fund 2014-2020.

Participants will hear about local priorities and opportunities to help strengthen rural and coastal communities and provide the basis for funding support for community-led action for the 2014-2020 programme. They will also hear about the achievements of the 2007-2013 LEADER and European Fisheries Fund programmes in Angus and from projects that have benefitted.

The engagement event will be in Brechin on Tuesday, March 4, at the Mechanics’ Institute. The event will run from 7 to 9 p.m.

The Rural Tayside LEADER programme 2007-2013 supported 127 community based projects in rural Perth and Kinross and Angus and awarded almost £2.5 million to a range of projects that helped improve community facilities, the local economy and enhance the natural and cultural heritage.

Approximately £1 million was invested in 39 projects in Angus which included village hall extensions and improved facilities at Charleston, Guthrie, Eassie, Glen Isla, Edzell and Kilry; the installation of the Peter Pan Playpark in Kirriemuir, the building of a tearoom at Murton Wildlife Trust, refurbishment and installation of recording equipment at DD8, extension to the premises of Strathmore Vintage Vehicle Association, expansion of Insight counselling services to cover the rural area of Angus, new cameras and IT equipment at Montrose Basin Visitor Centre and marketing and promotion for organisations such as the Angus Craft Association and the Glen Esk Retreat.

The European Fisheries Fund has also supported three projects in Angus to the value of £87,941.50, which have helped with harbour improvements at Arbroath, purchase of outboard motor and safety equipment to support training for young people in Montrose and apprenticeship training.