Community turns out to discuss ‘Pannie’

The Panmure Centre Learning and Development Service, Kinloch Street, Carnoustie.
The Panmure Centre Learning and Development Service, Kinloch Street, Carnoustie.

There was a good response from the community and user groups this week at a meeting to discuss the future of services at Carnoustie’s Panmure Centre.

The dual meeting and workshop, held in the Kinloch Street facility on Wednesday, was very well-subscribed with representatives from many of the groups and classes who use the centre.

Centre users and community groups pictured working together with Angus Council officers to discuss the future of services at the Panmure Centre on Wednesday night.

Centre users and community groups pictured working together with Angus Council officers to discuss the future of services at the Panmure Centre on Wednesday night.

It was part of a wider consultation being carried out by Angus Council to address how services are delivered in Carnoustie and how that can be improved, and has prompted suggestions that ultimately could perhaps lead to a change in the location of service delivery.

Leading the meeting was Graham Hewitson, service manager in Angus Council’s communities team, who spoke about the council’s continued commitment to the provision of good and improved service, but conceded that all options would have to be considered with that goal in mind.

He said: “The people who know their community are those people live there and we need to get better at speaking to them and working with to take it forward and better our services.

“It’s important in this process to see what community services we need to improve and maybe taking it in a different way.

“It would be disingenuous at the end of this process if we did not come back to a meeting to talk more directly about the future of the centre and what might be happening.

“It’s important from my perspective if we think about what we are trying to do and how we can achieve that rather than start at the end.

“It’s an old building with costs in terms of repairs, running costs and maintenance. It’s a really good location for some people but in terms of that location, it’s not so good for others.”