The team behind the campaign to save Carnoustie’s Panmure Centre has issued a challenge to the public and its supporters.
Last week a petition of more than 1600 signatures was presented to Angus Council as a demonstration of support for the continued operation of the community centre on Kinloch Street.
The Panmure Centre has been included in a consultation of Angus Council service provision within the town, prompting centre users and other individuals to launch a campaign to safeguards its future.
Councillor Brian Boyd explained: “What we need to do now, so that Angus Council doesn’t close the Panmure Centre down, is to show that it is well used.
“It’s a case of use it or lose it, whether it’s a petrol station or a high street.
‘‘Although we are getting new people in, which is great, we are needing more people.
‘‘We need those 1600 people who signed the petition to get involved.
“My case is a lot stronger to lobby the powers that be in the council if I can show that it is well used and that applies for everything from libraries to ACCESS offices.
“This piecemeal situation is not ideal, we need to be looking at the whole lot of buildings and there are going to be cuts and closures but let’s be realistic about this. We just need to make sure we are getting them in the right places.”
Nicky Milne, one of the campaign organisers who presented the 1621-signature petition to Angus Council, added: “How we are trying to encourage people is to talk to lots of folk about this. There are more groups coming along since we started the petition. We now have a photography group coming along on a Friday and a small group for parents with children with extra needs.
“I would like to say to the people of Carnoustie, if you’ve got a skill or a talent, come to the centre and let us know about it and we will take it from there.
“It’s a case of getting people through the doors, but we’ve got to have things for them to do.”
One of the ingenious ideas already suggested would be a junior version of ‘Pimp My Ride’ to teach youngsters how to repair and individualise their bikes, scooters and skateboards.
If you have an idea for a group or a skill to share please contact the Panmure Centre on 01241 853091.