Award possibility for Monifieth beach

WATER quality at Monifieth beach has improved so much that it could apply for Blue Flag status.

Last Wednesday at the monthly meeting of Monifieth Community Council, members were told that the water at the beach is now safe enough for swimming and that they could possibly apply for Blue Flag status or a Rural Beach award.

However, councillors fear a major clean-up of the area will have to be undertaken first as there is rubble strewn over the beach between the Dighty and the western point of Tayview Caravan Park.

The meeting also heard from Angus councillor Jean Lee (pictured) who talked about the significant advances made by the recently formed West Grange Residents’ Association.

Problems had arisen in the area since building works were finished and the landscaping, which should now have been maintained by the developer or an appointed company, at a cost to each resident, has not been carried out to the satisfaction of the residents.

They have been working closely with the council’s neighbourhood services department and it is hoped that the association will be able to take over the open spaces and make an annual payment to Angus council for 20 years, whereby the local authority will carry out maintenance.

At the end of this period, the council will formally adopt the area.

Alastair Robertson, of the Community Centre Steering Group, then talked about the steady progress that is being made in the work to establish a new community hall.

With a brief having been completed and three firms of architects competing to supply a feasibility study, the funding of which requires outside support, a meeting has been arranged with the Big Lottery Fund.

He added that in the meantime Angus Council has agreed that the old temporary building in Union Street, which is surplus to requirements and was due for demolition, can be taken over by the Community Centre Steering Group and used as a facility for the community.

Negotiations are still ongoing and it is hoped there will be a successful outcome which could lead to the cabin being available for let to community groups, thereby raising much needed funds for the main project.

After some neglect, repairs are required to bring the premises up to standard and it is hoped, with help from willing volunteers, that the facility could be open for business by the beginning of March.

PC Sheena Melvin reported to the meeting that the recent heavy snowfalls have been followed by uninvited callers reporting to householders that serious damage has been caused to guttering and other parts of houses.

They, of course, want to do the work, which, if it ever required being done in the first place, has been found to be of inferior quality.

Bogus workmen are thought to be operating in Monifieth and the police want to hear from people who may have fallen prey to it.

Councillors were also informed of the forthcoming local schools initiative involving children being encouraged to walk to school in an attempt to cut down on car journeys and improve health.