MANY of the concerns that have been raised by Brechiners in recent years could be addressed through a new plan for the area covering the period to 2013.
The local community plan for the Brechin and Edzell Ward area of Angus Council was one of seven launched in the Canmore Room, Forfar on Friday.
The plan sets out the different strands of activities and projects to be delivered in each of the seven areas by council departments and their partner organisations, which include Tayside Police, Tayside Fire and Rescue and NHS Tayside as well as voluntary organisations.
Also included in the plans are improvements which local communities would like to see in their areas.
For the Brechin and Edzell ward area, the plan focuses on many of the issues that have been highlighted in the columns of “The Brechiner” in recent years.
Aspirations include improving parking in the city centre, increased affordable housing, working with the local community to develop the provision and use of the city hall - including possibilities for a community cinema - and bringing a farmers’ market to Brechin.
The plan highlights a number of projects currently ongoing or in the pipeline in Brechin – support for the Brechin Townscape Heritage Initiative, building on the success of obtaining FairTrade status for the city, erecting a memorial for Robert Watson-Watt in St. Ninian’s Square and implementing the town centre regeneration fund in the centre of Brechin and regenerating selected properties in the town centre.
In the immediate future there are plans to develop a vision and promotion of Brechin with partners, including creating a welcome pack for new residents and improving tourist information.
The housing division is carrying out a modernisation of sheltered housing at Inglis Court in Edzell, while empty flats at Hillview are to be appraised for future uses.
Other work includes the improvement and regeneration of the three roundabouts linking Brechin and the A90 while, in the longer term, there will be the creation of a Harley Davidson Legacy visitor centre and museum at Aberlemno in partnership with the Davidson Legacy.
Other projects include developing proposals to improve Brechin High School accommodation, continuing to support the annual pageant and other community events where possible, planning an annual housing conference and developing mobile rural services provision in the area.
The development plan partners are also keen to increase support for non-English speakers in education and develop a product for Brechin with provision for music talent and an arts/crafts co-operative.
Other actions include a continued focus on tackling drug and alcohol-related issues and Tayside Police and Angus Council housing division continuing to address local concerns in partnership with the local community.
The housing division plans to complete access balcony improvement works and secure entry system to flats at Poet’s Place and Montrose Street, a new lift for Airlie Gardens sheltered housing and external improvements and a new secure entry system at flats on Southesk Terrace by March 2013.
In addition to addressing alcohol-related issues, partners will carry out intelligent-led checks on alcohol sales, while there are plans to set up Friday Nite style projects and diversionary activities for young people in partnership with local youth service providers.
Preparation of the Brechin Flood Prevention Scheme will be progressed, as will the development of the River South Esk Catchment Management Plan, while aspirations include improved broadband facilities in rural areas and looking into improving public transport networks in the ward area.
Launching the new local community plans for all seven wards areas – which are to be reviewed every two years - Councillor Jim Millar, convener of neighbourhood services said:
“I am delighted to launch the local community plans, which represent much hard work on behalf of the Local Community Planning Division, in consultation with our partners and communities.
“The plans bring together a profile for each of the areas, and a detailed action plan as well as information as to the improvements the local communities would like to see in their areas.
“These improvements cover all aspects of community life from tackling anti-social behaviour or road safety problems to the redevelopment of park areas.
“The Angus Community Planning Partnership is committed to working with communities to achieve their vision that Angus is a place where a first-class quality of life can be enjoyed by all.”
To see what’s in the local community plan for your area contact your local community planning team by telephoning 08452 777 778 or visiting www.angus.org.uk