Have your say on future

Fire damaged shops on Carnoustie High Street.
Fire damaged shops on Carnoustie High Street.

Carnoustie folk will have the opportunity next week to consult with urban planning experts on a possible future for the town.

As part of Angus Council’s community engagement it has been working with townsfolk on developing a vision for Carnoustie and through this has identified a better town centre as a key priority.

The local authority, with funding support from Holyrood, has appointed a team to run a design charrette, an intensive consultation over the next week to help in shaping the future of their community.

The charrette launches on Monday, March 2, at 6.30 p.m. in the Golf Hotel, and continues over the following two days with Big Design Studio drop ins and town walkabouts.

Heading the team is Carnoustie-based Gordon Reid, a 25 year veteran of town regeneration and management projects around the UK and internationally. His firm Carlogie Ltd. is being assisted by Carnoustie architect Rodger Brunton and nationally-renowned architect Malcolm Fraser.

Mr Reid said: “We will listen carefully to everyone. We will record all input and the architects in the team will be available to sketch the ideas with individual members of the public.

“The objective will be to have clear plans in place and a shared commitment from the community and agencies in order to achieve our collective vision. Some of the proposals emerging from the charrette may be large scale and long term, but others will be more easily delivered. Not all of the proposals will require large scale investment.”

Mr Brunton, of Brunton Design Studio added: “The main difference between what has gone before and what we will now be doing is that we know before we start that there will be a positive outcome for the town. The partnership between the Carnoustie Development Group and Angus Council that has brought this latest initiative agrees that the charrette process will lead to action in the future.”

The launch event is scheduled for 6.30 to 9 p.m., at the Golf Hotel on Monday, Big Design Studio drop ins will be 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. on Tuesday, and 2 to 7 p.m. on Wednesday also at the hotel, with town walkabouts at noon leaving from Carnoustie Library.