Latest step towards provision of new community centre

THE REALITY of Monifieth having their very own community centre has never been closer after a design company was appointed to carry out a feasibility study.

Dundee based AIM Design has been chosen to carry out the study and will investigate exactly what resources a centre would need and which site available to the group would be the most suitable.

The Monifieth Community Centre Steering Group have been long campaigning for the town to have its own facilities for various local clubs and organisations.

And with the group having to have a plan and sufficient funding in place by 2013, chairwoman Margaret Copland says the study needs to be completed as a matter of urgency.

She explained: “This feasibility study regarding the need for a community resource centre will determine what is needed to meet the needs of people of all ages and generations in Monifieth.

“It is one of the biggest steps forward and having a community facility in Monifieth has never been closer.

“All we want is the same facilities as other Angus burghs and I believe this is a positive step for us.

“And the feasibility study is something we want done as a matter of urgency.”

Already Angus Council has pledged to donate £300,000 towards the project, minus the value of a site, which will also be gifted to them.

Three locations have been offered including the car park at Invertay House, land beside the tennis courts and bowling green and a site beside the recycling centre.

At the moment, groups are using the ‘community cabin’, a temporary building at Invertay House as a meeting place.

The steering group has a lease on the cabin until March, 2013, and Mrs Copland sxtressed that its popularity shows how much the people of Monifieth need their own purpose-built community centre.

She said: “Sometimes we are having to turn people away from using the cabin due to the fact it is just temporary and was actually due to be demolished.

“It is not really suitable as a meeting place for every group in Monifieth but, hopefully, when we get our own centre, everybody will be catered for.”