Parents rally round parks

ANGUS Council proposals to close playparks in Carnoustie and Monifieth have sparked calls for protests today (Friday).

Concerned parents and members of the public are being asked to turn out in force all across Angus this morning to show their support for a campaign to keep open all 51 playparks which have been earmarked for closure as part of cost cutting measures by the authority.

As we went to press yesterday (Thursday), it was understood that the campaign ‘Protect Our Playparks and Save Our Swings’ had organised peaceful protests at the Westfield Place park in Carnoustie at 10 a.m. and at 10.30 a.m. in Monifieth’s Broomhill park.

One of the campaign organisers Morgan Roebuck, a mother of four from Forfar, explained how it all started.

She said: “We are a group of mums from Forfar who were horrified at Angus Council’s proposal to close 51 playparks across the county.

“What started as a heated discussion in our toddler group has now become a fully fledged campaign to save all the parks.

“I started a Facebook page and we now have close to 450 ‘likers’. We use this to keep everyone updated with anything in the newspapers and post links to the online council survey.

“You would be surprised how many people don’t realise parks on their doorstep are up for removal!”

She went on: “Through our Facebook page we have managed to arrange ‘protests’ in Carnoustie, Monifieth, Brechin and again in Forfar.

“We are confident we can get Arbroath, Kirriemuir and Montrose on board too.

“As the children are off school we think this is the perfect opportunity to let them have their say too.” Local councillors have also been invited to attend the various protests.

For more information find ‘Protect Our Playparks and Save Our Swings’ on Facebook.