Community council reveals plans for switch on of Christmas lights

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MONIFIETH Community Council has announced the plans for their annual Christmas lights switch on.

The event will take place on Thursday, December 1, and flicking the switch will be the cat from Monifieth Amateur Dramatics’ (MAD) pantomime ‘Dick Whittington’.

The evening will kick off at 6.30 p.m. at the car park in Reform Street and the Monifieth High School concert orchestra will play a selection of Christmas carols after which the Rev. Dorothy Anderson will deliver the Christmas message.

Pupils from Grange, Mattocks and Seaview Primaries will be on hand to perform a Glee Christmas spectacular and MAD will perform songs from their panto.

The evening will be rounded off by community singing which will be followed by Santa arriving on his sleigh.

It is hoped the event will be successful after the disappointment of last year when the severe weather caused cancellation at the last minute.

Also at their meeting at the beginning of the month, the community council raised concerns about the recent demolition of the oldest part of Milton Mill regarding the proposed re-use of stone from the original building.

Councillors were also concerned to ensure that the developers would be adhering to the planning permission granted in the types of housing which would soon be under construction.

The meeting then heard how it had been announced that AIM Architects, Dundee, had been appointed to carry out the survey which will hopefully culminate in the building of a new community centre for Monifieth.

A large container, which will be positioned at Monifieth High School, the Blue Seaway and Tesco, will be utilised by the firm to gather the views of as many schoolchildren and youth and adult members of the public as possible. It is hoped that AIM will have completed their report in January of next year.

It was also reported that the Yellow Flag awarded to Monifieth for the cleanliness of the water and the condition of the beach had been removed, along with the three lifebelts positioned along the river front.

This raised some concerns, especially when it was revealed they had been removed by Angus Council after the summer season, to prevent vandalism and theft.

This led to some discussion and it was agreed to approach the relevant department to question whether the lifebelts could be retained in position all year round as it was felt the potential saving of a life outweighed the possible vandalism to the belts.

The community council was then told the display and community council noticeboards which are part of the regeneration of the High Street are now in place.

They are there for the benefit of the residents and visitors, as well as local organisations and associations who are encouraged to make use of them to display notification of forthcoming events.

In the short term, more information can be obtained from John Whellams, chairman, on 01382-530015.

The next meeting of the community council will be held on Wednesday, December 14, in the Community Cabin, Union Street, Monifieth.