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THE PEOPLE of Carnoustie are being strongly urged to make their voices heard at a series of meetings to shape the town’s future.

The Vision for Carnoustie drop-in sessions on Tuesday are an opportunity for residents to have their say in the town’s development over the next five years.

The two drop-in sessions have been organised by Angus Council’s community planning team and will be held in the Kinloch Arms Hotel between 2 and 4 p.m. and 6 and 8 p.m.

Interested residents can have their ideas for the facilities, services and the community recorded and used to help create the Carnoustie Vision which will help to form the new community plan and development over the coming years.

Independent councillor Brian Boyd is keen that as many Carnoustie folk get involved as possible.

He said: “The main purpose of this is to encourage healthy debate and get residents to engage with the local community planners.”

In addition participants will be able to discuss and add to the work carried out at the first Vision for Carnoustie meeting held in November.

The issues were set out into four key working areas - sports development, local economy, boosting civic pride and developing tourism.

Chair of the Carnoustie Development Group, Peter Burke, reiterated this, stating that there are a wealth of ideas and opportunities to be explored in the town.

He said: “I noticed with interest David Cheape’s letter in last week’s Guide & Gazette on the Kinloch Centre and it all goes to show how many different opinions there are.

“The Carnoustie Development Group is investigating options to renovate the High Street and encouraging development of the town centre and in particular the old concrete works to prevent it from becoming an eyesore.

“With all these ideas bouncing around I would encourage everyone to come along to the Vision for Carnoustie meeting.

“The more people who take an interest the better for the town.”

Development Group vice-chairman Darren Keddie is particularly interested in the development of a focal point for Carnoustie, possibly a piazza at the War Memorial.

He said: “There needs to be created a centrally located and focal town space for events. There is precedent.

“It would be similar to George Square in Glasgow and even the London Cenotaph is placed on a road.”

Darren believes the memorial itself would benefit. He said: “The raised stone memorial element would be retained in its integrity and enhanced by a respectful design approach and treatment.”

This would include sensitive multifunctional hard landscaping to the front of the memorial, the retention and enhancement of focus on the memorial itself and additional planting and landscaping around the perimeter.

He added: “The removal of physical barriers such as the raised grass and low walls would allow the best use of what would become a multifunctional open space available 365 days a year.”

However, at the initial Vision for Carnoustie the idea of a piazza received a mixed reaction from the working groups.

There were a great many other ideas discussed at the first meeting, including developing Carnoustie as a St Andrews-style golf destination and developing the economy at the seafront with, among other things, a social enterprise cafe at the beach pavilion.

More youth activities were suggested, along with a greater emphasis on local history at school, better inclusion of ‘incomers’ and the future of the former Fairway Garage.

The need for a community multi-sports hub was highlighted, along with better provision for local children interested in golf.

For information on the Carnoustie Vision, local community planning or getting involved in the community, contact the team on 01241 803561/ 803562/ 803563 or e-mail