Showcase round up at Community Council meeting

At last week’s City of Brechin and District Community Council meeting, Derek Harper gave members a report on the conclusions from the Brechin 2020 Showcase.

The showcase took place in the Parish Council Chambers in Panmure Street in the last three months of 2013.

The main themes of concern to local people are car parking, family activities, traffic management, parks, empty buildings and the effects of the new community campus.

It was felt that there was a need for consultation on the community campus, Brechin Flood prevention scheme, empty buildings, the health hub initiative, Pictavia and the Tourist Information Centre.

The Showcase highlighted a need for a physical vision in a physical space so that the community can get some idea through models or in picture format of how things might look in the intended situation.

In order to progress the good work already done, the next steps for the Vision for Brechin are:

The Brechin and Area Partnership is the main group driving the Vision forward and will seek to establish a timeframe to ensure people and resources are kept onside.

The need for a base of operations to develop and deliver any initiative going forward.

Possible need to create a Development Trust or Business Improvement District to attract funding.

Identify funding for professional planning development of the Vision for Brechin.

All of the above is an indication of how the Brechin community is responding to aligning with national and local policy.

The main initiative being proposed to help drive things forward is to support a bid for funding for a Charrette. A Charrette is an intensive planning session where citizens, designers and others collaborate on a vision for development.

It provides a forum for ideas and offers a unique advantage of giving immediate feedback to the designers. More importantly, it allows everyone who participates to be a mutual author of the plan.

Summing up his presentation, Derek stated: “A Charrette would be a positive and valuable exercise for Angus Council and the Brechin community.

“This design process will allow the community to participate in regenerating our whole city, breathe new life into our parks, encourage new business investment and develop innovative ways to engage with all ages to create work opportunities and spur creativity in new leisure facilities to ensure Brechin has a sustainable viable future and could unlock possible innovations for other towns in Angus.”

Grahame Lockhart, Convener of the City of Brechin and District Community Council, added: “After all the work that’s been done we could be on the launch pad of an exciting future for our City and community.

“The will exists within the community to be active participants in delivering our Vision for Brechin.

“However, the community alone cannot achieve this.

“Therefore I hope that we will receive support from Angus Council and the Scottish Government in driving forward our aspirations for our community.”