Arbroath, your town needs you

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The public showed overwhelming support for the future of the Arbroath courthouse during a street survey on May 17, but there is lots more still to be done.

The Arbroath Court Action Group were astonished at the support they received from the survey, amassing several hundred signatures in just two hours.

Overcoming the first hurdle, the group are grateful to the community for getting behind the project and seeing the potential benefits for the town.

An action group spokesperson said: “The next step is deciding what the best use of the building is for all of the community, suggestions have already started flowing in such as a meeting place for Autistic children, practice rooms for musicians and many more. This is a large building and can be put to many different uses.”

MSP Graeme Dey is urging people to attend the public meeting on Wednesday (May 28) in the Meadowbank Inn. He said: “Having met with the group I am convinced that this project really can be delivered for the town. I would therefore urge anyone who is interested to hear what the group have done so far and how other similar projects have succeeded elsewhere and put forward any ideas they might have.”

The meeting will start at 7 p.m., where an architect’s impression will be on view to help spark the public’s imagination.

A representative from Development Trust Scotland will be on hand to answer questions. There is clearly a need for this type of community facility. Mr Dey said: “It will only proceed if the people of Arbroath are prepared to get involved.”