Local people thanked for campus views

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ANGUS Council has thanked all those who recently participated in a workshop to discuss the new Brechin High School campus proposals.

Local people are being urged to continue to get involved in the project as further events take place in the run up to the opening of the new campus in 2015.

Plans for the new community campus will include a full sized synthetic sports pitch, plus a games hall, gym hall and dance studio – all built to meet sportscotland standards - with the estimated completion date is autumn 2015.

At the event, community groups and organisations took the opportunity to give their views about the activities and opportunities that they would like to see available at the campus.

The council is now considering feedback from the event, which was the first in a series which will take place at key stages during the project.

Over the next few months, further workshops will be held to provide all stakeholders the opportunity to contribute to the concept design for the community campus.

The new £24m facility will incorporate the replacement for Brechin High School, enhanced community leisure facilities, and a performance space and accommodation for adult learning and youth activities.

It is hoped that grant funding of £13m will come from the Scottish Government with Angus Council and sportscotland meeting the further £11m.

The council’s education spokesman Councillor Peter Nield said: “The input of the local community is very welcome. We are committed to working in partnership with local people to find out what they want from the campus. By working together we can create a design which is capable of delivering as many of the community’s aspirations as possible.”

Among the issues raised by the local community during the workshop was the future of existing council facilities within Brechin, and transport arrangements for the new campus.

Councillor Nield added that the council’s priority at the moment was to deliver the project within the timetable agreed with the Scottish Government who are part-funding the project.

He said: “The concept design for the campus will be progressed in the near future and it is hoped to have outline plans this summer. At this stage there will be a further opportunity to engage with all stakeholders to get feedback on how the community campus will be developed.

“This exercise may also help inform the broader issue relating to the existing facilities, and the overall provision of council services within Brechin and the surrounding area.

“After the summer, the council would hope to start the planning process for the new facility. At this stage a transport assessment would be developed which would address travel arrangements for accessing the site. I hope that we can continue to count on the support of local people during these key stages, and create a facility of which the whole community can be proud.”