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One of the many causes helped by the Arbroath Skatepark Project Club which received a cheque for �1,000 in January.

One of the many causes helped by the Arbroath Skatepark Project Club which received a cheque for �1,000 in January.

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The local Arbroath and Area Partnership (AAP) has closed its doors after 10 years of support to the town.

Set up in 2004 the group was designed to bring together public, private, business and voluntary sectors to work together to influence and improve the delivery of public services, develop sustainable economic growth, support and promote voluntary organisations and retain and advance local heritage and culture for the well-being of the community.

Mike Cossans, outgoing chairman, is proud of the work the partnership achieved.

He said: “It was the natural progression of things and it had come to the end of its working life.

“Things moved on and it has served its purpose but we’ve achieved quite a number of things such as the Year of the Light for the centenary of the Bell House Lighthouse and numerous Tartan Weeks.

“As the years have gone on the group has outplayed its function and there are now other groups that are successfully doing things on their own, without the need of the partnership.”

Following the retirement of the treasurer and chairman, a meeting was held recently to formally dissolve the group.

Mr Cossans chaired the final meeting: “We have split the remaining funds between local groups who we have been working with over the years.”

The following organisations received donations: £500 Arbroath Skatepark; £1,500 to current Arbroath In Bloom projects, with a further £3,500 towards future projects; £500 Christmas light switch-on; £1,500 Arbroath Rotary Club; £500 Arbroath Guildry Incorporation; £500 Court Action Group; £1,000 Arbroath Common Good Fund; £1,000 Arbroath Town Centre Retailers Association; £2,000 West Links Development Management Partnership; £1,000 Tenants and Residents Uniting Timmergreens and Hospitalfield; £67.45 Volunteer Action Angus.