Partnership work for the community

FOLLOWING the release of the Angus Council community plans earlier this year, the community planning teams have been busy fulfilling the promises laid out by the local authority for each town.

In Brechin, the local partnership which is made up of groups, businesses and individuals, has been working towards a number of community based projects.

Projects developed by the partnership includes Fair Trade resulting in Fair Trade status for Brechin, new litter bins around the High School area, a proposal for an all-weather pitch and increased involvement with Brechin Pageant in order to use the event to work with the community.

Elsewhere in Brechin the planning team has been working closely with Brechin High School to create plans to rebuild to incorporate a community campus. They have also been in contact with young people in the city in order to reach a design appropriate for all in the community.

Brechin in Partnership held an event last year in order to look at the top priorities for Brechin by bringing together representatives from a wide range of groups and organisations in the area.

Following this event several new collaborative projects have been set up including a retailers’ workshop which will hopefully result in a network of retailers’ within the Brechin area.

A marketing strategy has also been developed in order to promote the city and the area to bring more people in.

Similarly groups have been working towards two heritage projects to boost tourism and interest within Brechin. A leaflet is being produced about the “closes” that run between the streets and a further leaflet details the local Heritage Trail.

Finally, support has been given to the Mechanics Institute and Damacre Arts Group with their recent exhibition resulting in closer co-operation between professional and amateur artists, including young people in promoting the city.

At Hillview, the planning team have established access to a community flat and work is currently underway to promote the use of this flat in the area.

So far the Hillview project has achieved a series of open days and events to consult with local people about how best to utilise the flat. From this a small group of interested people have been identified, including members of the Polish community. A number of one-off drop ins have also been established following liaison with other service providers in the area.