Future hangs in the balance

Chairman of the Broughty Ferry Development Trust, John Dobbie, was pictured with actor Brian Cox who unveiled the newly refurbished lamp standards in Beach Crescent on Tuesday.

Chairman of the Broughty Ferry Development Trust, John Dobbie, was pictured with actor Brian Cox who unveiled the newly refurbished lamp standards in Beach Crescent on Tuesday.

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It appears the writing is on the wall for the Broughty Ferry Development Trust who may have to fold unless action is taken.

According to the group the final decision will be taken at an extraordinary general meting later this year and follows a series of setbacks, including Dundee City Council’s refusal to grant ownership of the land earmarked for their proposed beach pavilion, which in turn effects funding options and also the falling numbers of the Broughty Ferry Development Trust (BFDT) committee.

A spokesperson for the committee said: “Clearly the committee is very sad to have reached the decision to start the process of wrapping up Broughty Ferry Development Trust.

“Unless other people come forward to act on the committee we can see no alternative to ending the Trust. So if you feel you would like to be a committee member and take BFDT forward please get in touch.”

John Dobbie, chair of the group said: “Following discussions with Dundee City Council it is now clear that they cannot offer us ownership of the land on which we wished to situate our beach Pavilion, although a lease could be considered.

“As ownership of the land is a prerequisite for an application to the Growing Community Assets Lottery, the only Lottery Fund that could fund our Beach Pavilion, our committee agreed that progress with this project couldn’t be pursued at this time or for the foreseeable future.

“In addition, with the resignation of one of our committee members and ill health meaning another committee member will be leaving shortly, the committee now feel that we are too small to continue Broughty Ferry Development Trust as we no longer have the capacity to pursue further projects.”

As a result the annual general meeting scheduled for this month has been postponed and re-branded an extraordinary general meeting in the hope of galvanising the group.

If you are interested in helping to improve the community of Broughty Ferry email info@broughtyferrydevelopmenttrust.com