MONIFIETH Community Centre Steering Group launched their consultation programme on Monday, both online and on land.
The group is eager to gauge opinions on their aspirations for a new community centre within Monifieth.
A consultation container unit called Ideabox will be touring Monifieth for a week and Monifieth Community Centre Steering Group has invited everyone to participate in changing the community.
The Ideabox contains a web-cam which permits visitors to record their thoughts and offers questionnaires that can be completed by visitors. It also contains details of the two locations currently on offer for a new centre.
The external design of the box was developed from a concept submitted by third year pupils from Monifieth High School. The winning entry by Rebecca Creamer utilised the lightbulb and ‘change your community’ as an engaging theme. A selection of the best entries will also be on show inside the Ideabox.
Richard Coton, rector of Monifieth High School, praised the efforts of his pupils. He told the Guide & Gazette: “We are delighted to support Monifieth Community Centre Steering Group in this project, which has really caught our pupils’ imagination.
“Within days of being approached they had created a rich pool of design ideas. I know they will be very keen to visit the Ideabox.”
An online questionnaire will also be available for the community to access and have their say. It can be accessed at www.monifieth-ideabox.co.uk
Monifieth Community Centre Steering Group chairperson Margaret Copland is excited by the progress in establishing what Monifieth needs.
She explained: “The Ideabox is now entirely in the hands of the community, to make their decisions regarding a resource centre for Monifieth. After decades of dreaming, aspirations and hard work it is now up to them. I would urge everyone to make the effort to register their thoughts and ideas for what the centre should provide and where it should be located.”
She concluded: “Monifieth Community Centre Steering Group has on behalf of you, the residents, undertaken to get a ‘top priority need’ centre for Monifieth to this critical stage. ‘Cmonifiethgetcentred’ by registering your ideas, either in the box or online. We will take it from there on your behalf.”
Local councillor Jean Lee hopes that the community will grasp the opportunity to become involved in this exciting and long overdue initiative.
She said: “For years the one big lack in Monifieth has been a community centre, and people were beginning to believe it would never happen. But over the last two years a very determined group of people have pushed this project to the point where their vision is now becoming a reality.
“The momentum is building, there is massive support for the project and there is no stopping it now. The people of Monifieth will need to get stuck in and help in any way they can, and I’m sure they’ll respond.”
Debbie Gowans of Angus Council anticipates a good response from the community. Monifieth ward’s recently completed Local Community Plan represents the basis for future community regeneration. She said: “We are delighted the Local Community Planning Team have been able to help the group get to this stage and look forward to hearing the thoughts of the wider community.”
Consultant for the feasibility study Ged Young, of Aim Architects, is looking forward to the public’s reaction to the Ideabox. He stated: “It has been inspirational to witness the amount of energy MCCSG and their supporters have and we are looking forward to Monifieth’s reaction to the Ideabox.”
Ideabox will be in Monifieth on the following dates this month: today (Friday) a.m. - Tesco’s, Monifieth, car park; today p.m. to Sunday, November 27, p.m. - Blue Seaway.