The Carnoustie Community Development Trust is attempting to gain as many members as possible to create a large lobbying body for funding applications.
A larger group is a considerable advantage when making funding applications but uptake of the free memberships has been slow so far.
Chairman Derek Miller said: “I have to report that the take up of the invitation to join the Trust has been disappointing. As I keep emphasising, membership is free and no-one will be coerced into doing anything they don’t want to do. Its not even compulsory to attend meetings, but if any of the projects we get underway appeal to the personal hobbies or interests of members, there will be opportunities to volunteer to get involved in working groups driving projects forward. For example, one of our members, a retired army officer, has volunteered to help develop proposals for a heritage visitor facility, based on the existence of a unique First World War trench warfare training area at Barry Buddon. Forgotten about for decades and re-discovered a few years ago, this has the potential to attract visitors to the area.
“Installation of interpretation boards at the seafront, to highlight the rich flora and fauna, might interest Trust members who love wildlife and bird-watching. That’s another project group we’ll set up later this year - 650 people took part in the original week-long charrette. I want all of them to join and encourage their friends, family and neighbours to join - the more members we have, the more clout we’ll have with the council and potential funders. If folk have lost or discarded the invitations to join delivered in December, there are copies available at the Council Access Office and the Library, both on Carnoustie High Street. Completed forms can be returned there. Come on Carnoustie, we know lots of you care about this town. All we are asking of you is that you show support by joining!”