Groups could have opportunity to manage seafront facilities

THE SEAFRONTS at Carnoustie and Monifieth could be set to have their own community run snack bars to boost facilities in the area.

At a meeting of Angus Council’s neighbourhood services committee, director Ron Ashton will recommend local authority staff investigate the viability of setting up these community led facilities, which would be based at the Leisure Centre in Carnoustie and the Blue Seaway, Monifieth.

A number of people in Monifieth have already approached the council about developing community asset management in the town and officers are now willing to start discussions about a recreational café or snack area at the seafront.

In his report, which went before committee members yesterday (Thursday), Mr Ashton said staff from the neighbourhood services department had already visited the Blue Seaway site with local residents to identify what needs to be done to take their ideas forward.

Mr Ashton continued: “The broad concept is that the local group would take over the development and management of some of the recreational facilities available nearby the Blue Seaway, although not the Blue Seaway itself.

“This includes utilisation of the currently partially used pavilion, tennis courts, management of the bowling green facility and other possible developments that might take place at that site.

“This may also include the potential for some kind of cafeteria/snack bar development for users of the recreational facilities at the Monifieth.”

In Carnoustie, a similar facility could be put in place at the Leisure Centre facing on to the Sandy Sensation play park.

However, Mr Ashton revealed a previous attempt to allow local groups and organisations in Carnoustie to manage their own assets is unlikely to be in place this year. He explained: “Members will recall that officers were asked to initiate discussions with key local organisations in Carnoustie regarding the potential of them working together to take on community responsibility for the supply and maintenance of hanging baskets in the burgh for summer 2011 and thereafter.

“Whilst Carnoustie Forward has indicated a willingness to hold discussions, no view, has been forthcoming from the community council. It is, therefore, unlikely that this potential community asset management opportunity will be forthcoming in 2011.

“However, another opportunity for community asset management has been identified. This is the management and operation of a café and snack bar utilising the kitchen and patio area of the Leisure Centre which faces onto the Sandy Sensation at the seafront.

“I am happy to investigate whether this is achievable, both in terms of identifying community interest and ensuring the physical running of such an enterprise for that location.”