One year on from the Big Carnoustie Conversation

Carnoustie High Street
Carnoustie High Street

It is a year since almost 650 Carnoustie residents and businesses got together for ‘The Big Carnoustie Conversation’ to create a vision for the future of the town centre.

The output of the Carnoustie Design Charrette was a report setting out the vision and a series of projects.

Now Angus Council is inviting the community to ‘The Carnoustie Convo Catch Up’, an event at the Carnoustie Golf Hotel on March 9, to discuss what has happened during the year and what should happen next.

Angus Council Communities Convener, Councillor Donald Morrison said: “We were very pleased at the way in which the local community took part in the Big Carnoustie Conversation. There was a great community turnout for the events - not just the numbers of people but the age range too.

“We are keen to keep up the momentum and keep the community informed and I know there will be a lot of interest in our event in March.”

Peter Burke, Chair of Carnoustie Development Group said: “The Carnoustie Development Group was delighted with the charrette last year. We believe that the community has a responsibility to play its part in making things happen. We have been working on some of the charrette projects and we want to make sure the wider community is kept abreast of what has been happening.

“The biggest issue by far was the desire for a better range of shopping in the town centre. Other issues included how to bring more visitors to the town, to get them to stay longer and to spend money locally; how to deal with the severance effect of the railway; how to extend the range of things to see and do; how to make the seafront more of a destination; can we create a town square; and provide new community facilities.”

Gordon Reid, Director of Carlogie Ltd, the company engaged to manage the charrette and produce the charrette report last year added: “We are delighted to have been invited to lead the annual review and facilitate the Carnoustie Convo Catch Up. We always viewed the charrette as the start of something, not the end. We hope to see as many people as possible at the event and to hear what they think.”

The event takes place on March 9, at Carnoustie Golf Hotel from 2-4pm and 6.30pm for 7pm start, running until 9pm.