Gathering welcome pack info

The City of Brechin and Area Partnership has updated its priorities action plan afterthe June meeting.

Matters discussed on the day and included on the action plan were:-

Promotional leaflet/welcome pack for Brechin and Edzell - Cathy Jackson from Stracathro WRI has gathered a large volume of information about the local area which will be used to produce a high quality brochure to attract people to Brechin and the surrounding area.

However, she is still looking for information on activities in the area.

It is hoped that the leaflet will be launched in the spring of next year.

In terms of funding the leaflet it has been agreed the best option would be to apply for a community grant.

Pageant/civic week - The Brechin pageant took place on June 4 and, although everything went well on the day, it was noted that there is a definite need for more volunteers to help organise next year’s event.

Discussion took place about merging the Pageant and the Taranty Fair in order to attract more people to allow for working together. This suggestion will be investigated further.

Townscape Heritage Initiative - Work will continue into next year with the THI working with the Brechin In Partnership to provide a Retailers Workshop for local shops in the town centre.

This workshop has been organised for Wednesday, August 24 from 10 am to 12.30 pm in the THI Offices, Old Registrars, 32 Panmure Street, Brechin.

The morning session is aimed at the members of Brechin In Partnership, the City of Brechin and Area Partnership, Brechin Business Association and Council reps.

Lisa Watt from Merchant City, Glasgow, ( a THI area, will be giving a presentation on how they market the area and attract visitors and businesses to the area

She will also talk of the co-operative approach that they have adopted.

This will hopefully lead on to inspire discussion on the Vision for Brechin, and any examples of good practice from Merchant City that could be adapted for Brechin.

Following this, in the afternoon, will be a free workshop aimed at local retailers in the town centre and will focus on store presentation and visual awareness.

It will be led by Laura Falconer, a visual merchandising consultant with considerable experience in her field.

Laura will be visiting Brechin and the shops in the area, and giving constructive feedback on how to increase sales and profits by enhancing the look of stores as well as learning to see the store through customer’s eyes.

Watson-Watt memorial - Full planning permission has been granted to the Watson-Watt society for the erection of a memorial at St Ninian’s Square.

£25,000 of funding has been raised for the project and fund-raising continues to reach the target of £80,000.

Fair Trade - Brechin was awarded Fair Trade statue on March 5. The Partnership will support the Fair Trade steering group to help maintain the status.

Roundabouts upgrade - The Partnership is working with Trevor Leat on designs for the roundabouts.

Funding to an estimated cost of £17,947 will be identified once an agreement has been reached on taking forward the project.

Litter issues - Litter bins have been purchased as agreed.

Pupils have carried out an educational program at the school and the wider community. A consultation took pace for the placement of the bins.

The Partnership supported the launch of the campaign in conjunction with Tayside Police and Brechin High School.

Other matters arising from the general meeting on June 22 were as follows:-

St Ninian’s Square - It was noted that some work had been carried out to the steps leading to the shops. However, there are still outstanding queries on the expenditure for the alterations.

Wetherspoons - Douglas Murray passed the view that if Wetherspoons opened in the old Woolworths building it could mean that three local pubs might close. It was noted, however, that this could be due to other issues.

It was reported that there was a positive feeling in the town regarding a Wetherspoons opening in terms of somewhere for families to go and eat.

Parks/greenspace - A discussion took place around the 5ft strip of land at the Trinity Field.

Owners of adjacent houses would like to take over ownership of the strip of land. However, there are legal issues and they are currently being investigated.

Flooding - It was noted that works to the removal of the gravel bank will commence shortly and that work would also take place below the Brechin bridge to let water flow more freely.

Douglas Murray will be pursuing the issue of the pumping station at East Mill.

The next meeting of the Partnership will take place on Wednesday, August 17 at 7 pm in the Damacre centre.