Trust has achieved much in a short time

BROUGHTY Ferry Development Trust has existed for less than two years, but chairman Andrew Nicoll is proud of the fact that it has brought in over £41,000 worth of grants.

In the Trust’s fifth newsletter he writes: “Grants for Broughty Ferry are not easy to come by so we are very proud to have achieved so much in such a short time.

“We stated at the beginning that we hoped to access money not available to the [Dundee City] Council and we are happy to have been able to do that.”

Mr Nicoll continued: “We are delighted that Dundee City Council has accepted our suggestions of what should be on the beach front and finally give their agreement that the eyesore bathing shelter will be knocked down. Broughty Ferry Community Council supported us.

“As long as this building exists there will be private developers looking to cash in on its valuable site. With it gone any developer will have to bear in mind what the community wants and the Council has now agreed should be provided. If we get nothing else from this exercise we still count this as a success.”

Mr Nicoll commented on the ornate lampposts on Beach Crescent.

He continued: “When they were new they must have been a joy to behold with their ornate tops and depictions of Broughty Ferry Castle on their access doors—an illustration of the civic pride.

“More recently though, through lack of maintenance, they have fallen into a pretty poor state and cannot be described as an asset to the Ferry.”

However, a grant of £19,800 has been obtained from the Dundee Historic Environmental Trust.

Mr Nicoll said: “With this money we hope to see at least some of them brought back to their former glory. Work should start soon on this and once again these lampposts will do Broughty Ferry proud.”

The Trust plans a traffic study in conjunction with Dundee City Council to encompass looking at parking, movement of cars and how the green circular for cyclists will work if there is a new building at the front.

Following the award of a grant from Dundee Historic Environmental Trust, it is possible to move ahead with the graveyard project.

Two story boards are proposed, one outside the graveyard on Douglas Terrace with background information, and one inside with information on the graveyard itself.

Mr Nicoll said: “We hope to replace the ugly wooden gates with iron ones, more in keeping with the historic setting.

“By the summer we hope to have a mechanism in place so that people can access the graveyard in limited numbers.”

The trust can be contacted at info@broughtyferrydevelopmenttrust.com