The battle to save Brechin’s paddling pool is still going strong, with organisers pushing for locals to get behind the campaign.
Via the group’s Facebook page, which now has over 800 ‘likes’, organisers behind the campaign have urged supporters to submit Freedom of Information requests.
The group is seeking to discover the answer to a number of points, including dates, details and amounts for all costs, planned and unplanned, in relation to the Inch Park facility- including the paddling pool- over the last five financial years, and dates, details and amounts for all costs planned and unplanned, in relation to all outdoor play facilities other play areas across Angus for the last five financial years.
Mark Arbuthnott, who is keen to keep the pool, said: “Communities convener Donald Morrison continues to tell Brechiner’s that our little paddling pool is ‘too expensive’ to fill. We say if Angus Council can afford for Montrose, Arbroath, Monikie, Kirriemuir and Forfar to keep all their big, fancy parks then they can afford to keep our wee pool.”
In a post shared on the page on March 7, the campaigners revealed they had been contacted by a concerned local who challenged Angus Council’s use of funds. In an email sent to organisers, the person said: “It may interest you to know that at a time when the council is cutting much needed facilities for youngsters, it still finds the largesse to cut the lawns free of charge throughout the summer at St Andrew’s Church. The service has been provided for a number of years and is worth £3,000 annually according to one church member, and seems a wrongful diversion of public resources.”
However, the council has set the record straight on this claim. A council spokesperson said: “The costs for maintaining the grass at the church is £743.15 a year. The grass cutting agreement was reached with the church to allow pupils access across their property to the school yard. This was a decision taken primarily for the children who attend the school by bus as access across the church land avoids the roads.”