Mechanics Institute works could benefit from Common Good funding

Angus Council corporate services committee has been recommended to approve funding for up to £59,000 from Brechin Common Good for the Mechanics Institute when they meet on Thursday (tomorrow).

The Mechanics Institue is seeking approval for funding for three projects.

Project A:- This project relates to resurfacing of the rear compound area at the Mechanics Institute.

The detailed works comprise the excavation of the hardcore rear compound parking area and the laying of a suitable base with a tarmacadam wearing course and disabled baymarkings to the tar surface.

The works will improve the current car parking area.

In addition this would allow level access to the ramp previously installed as part of the internal alterations works to comply with the Disability Discrimination Act.

The cost of the project is £7,000 (including professional fees) and due to the type of works would not be THI eligible.

Therefore the full cost of the project would require to be met from Brechin Common Good.

Project B:- Proposals have been developed regarding external works (stone work) at Brechin Mechanics Institute.

These works involve repairs and improvements to the external fabric of the building and comprise overhauling of windows and doors, repair and repaint rainwater goods, refurbish the clock and tower, improvements to external lighting, improvements to roof and tower access and repairs/improvements to Ashlar stonework.

The Brechin members are supportive of providing a maximum of £40,000 Brechin common good funding to cover all project costs not eligible for Brechin THI funding.

Once the final project has been agreed details of the project will be reported to committee.

Project C:- This relates to the replacement of the external fire escape, which leads into the compound at the rear of the Mechanics Institute.

It will consist of the replacement of the existing fire escape stairs together with asasociated builder work.

This will maintain Health & Safety standards and improve the external presentation of the Mechanics Institute.

The project will require to be fully funded from Brechin common good at a cost of £12,000.

Colin McMahon, director of corporate services said:

“The finacial implications of approving the projects can be met from Brechin Common Good Fund without impacting on the fund’s minimum revenue account balance.”

Mr McMahon has recommended that the committee approve funding from Brechin Common Good in respect of the projects related to the Brechin Mechanics Institute and that the committee note the current Common Good balances updated to reflect the Mechanic Institute funding.