Catching up on Carnoustie Convo

Carnoustie High Street
Carnoustie High Street

The people of Carnoustie will be having a catch-up conversation in the new year to talk about future plans for the town.

Stakeholders from the local community and Angus Council, as well as others who took part in Carnoustie’s design charrette, will learn more about the actions and progress that emerged from March’s focused planning event.

A community planning event to identify priorities for the Carnoustie, Monifieth and Sidlaw areas was informed by the outcomes of the Big Carnoustie Convo (the charrette) in September.

It was originally indicated that further feedback on the Convo would be given to Carnoustie’s community before the end of the year, but this will now take place at the start of 2016. Details will be publicised shortly.

Communities convener, Councillor Donald Morrison said: “We were very pleased at the way in which the local community took part in the Big Carnoustie Conversation and embraced the opportunity to think big and small about ways in which they could improve and enhance life in the town.

“It helped us all to realise that any future aims must be carried forward as shared ambition and that we must all work together to deliver the aspirations arising from the design charrette.

“Achievement will be realised over the short, medium and long term, but already our council services, partners and community organisations have been looking at what actions can be taken together to make progress and improvement.

“Everyone involved in the project looks forward to a catch-up conversation with the community to let them know what is being done.”

The charrette was commissioned by Angus Council, with support from the Scottish Government, and was developed in collaboration with the Carnoustie Development Group (CDG) and Carnoustie Community Council.

It included a number of planning and design workshops at Carnoustie Golf Hotel, where local residents worked together with designers and specialists to prepare a long-term vision, development framework and action plan for Carnoustie town centre.

The ideas from the workshop and town walkabouts were developed into visual plans and drawings.

Workshops were delivered by Carlogie Limited, with a team of planners, architects and other specialist staff from Malcolm Fraser Associates, Brunton Design Studio, Fairhurst and NWP.

Peter Burke, chairman of the CDG, said: “We were delighted to work with Angus Council to apply for the Scottish Government grant and grateful that the council made their own valuable contributions.

“Subsequent to the charrette, the CDG has worked closely with both the council and the community council to establish ownership of the various identified projects and create a priority and timeline for each.

“Most importantly, we wish to establish a Community Development Trust, a completely new way of delivering these projects, owned and directed by trustees, drawn from all walks of life within the town and nominated by all their fellow citizens, to further enhance the town once the CDG hands over these future developments.

“We plan to launch this project during and immediately after the reconvening of the big conversation and urge everybody interested in the towns future - particularly younger members of the community - to play their part.”

Carnoustie Convo is one of a series of charrettes that the council is running to engage with local residents in conversations about their communities.

A Brechin charrette took place in February and the Future Forfar charrette is ongoing just now.

Future design workshops are planned for Montrose and Arbroath.