£300,000 boost for Town Centre Action Group

PLANS for a new community centre in Carnoustie have become a step closer to reality after Angus Council agreed in principle to pledge £300,000 to the project.

The Carnoustie Centre Action Group (CCAG) has been working in partnership with the council over a number of years to secure a community led facility in the town.

And on Tuesday, members of the corporate services committee agreed to lease land at the former Kinloch Primary School site, worth £160,000 to the group for a peppercorn rent.

In addition, the local authority will also plough an extra £140,000 into the project to boost its cash commitment.

However, this funding is subject to a positive project feasibility outcome.

Angus Council’s finance spokesman, Councillor Mark Salmond, was delighted the authority was able to make the contribution and believes a facility in Carnoustie would greatly enhance the town.

He said: “The council and the Carnoustie Centre Action Group have been working together for some time to identify possible sites for a community facility.

“I am delighted that the council has agreed to donate a part of the former Kinloch primary school site for a new centre which, along with a substantial cash pledge, will assist the community to take this project forward.

“I now look forward to continuing our partnership with the action group to develop and deliver this project which will greatly enhance the quality of life in Carnoustie.”

The funding from the council now brings the Carnoustie project in line with Monifieth Community Centre Steering Group who were also awarded a £300,000 package towards a community facility.

However, more funding and work is still needed before the project to build a new community facility will be completed.

The CCAG will now be given until June 2013 to arrange planning approval and have a full financial package in place.

The new centre will form part of the new development on the Kinloch site, which will also include new affordable homes and a residential unit that will replace Camus House.

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