Rallying cry for Kinloch Centre

Presenting the new village green in Carnoustie on Monday are, from left - Sus McMahon, Peter Murphy, Allison Edwards, Jean Forbes, Linda Wolfe and David Rorie.
Presenting the new village green in Carnoustie on Monday are, from left - Sus McMahon, Peter Murphy, Allison Edwards, Jean Forbes, Linda Wolfe and David Rorie.

According to the chair of the Kinloch Centre Project the plan to provide a social hub for Carnoustie is under considerable threat.

The proposal for a 120-seat cinema, cafeteria and bar facility, as well as accommodation for other social activities, is in urgent need of help.

Peter Murphy, chair of the Kinloch Centre Project, explained: “This is because Angus Council, who own the ground, have made it clear that unless we can provide proof that we have in place by the end of June 2015 the means to identify the requisite finances to allow the project building to go ahead - around £2,000,000 - then the ground would revert to the council who would then, more than likely at some later date, use the site for social housing for which there is great demand.

“Why are we in this predicament? It’s partly because we’ve been unable to pursue successfully the original aim which was to get the necessary financial backing of the Big Lottery.

“Carnoustie, by its very nature as a commuter town, doesn’t tick the right boxes in terms of ‘deprivation’ which is why we have been concentrating latterly on steady fund-raising and building up a substantial ‘friends’ base of around 600 people in the town and are about to apply for funding from trusts that we have identified that give financial support to arts projects which is substantially what the cinema project is.”

The group conducted an extensive survey in 2013 to find out what amenities should feature in the Kinloch Centre and overwhelmingly asked for was a cinema.

Mr Murphy continued: “If the people in the town really want to have a cinema, then they can have it if the project gets the universal support it deserves.

“We already enjoy the support of the new charity shop The Haven, and we have a range of fund-raising activities planned for the coming year, including a big ceilidh night at the Golf Hotel in February and a series of pub quizzes and also a race night.

“Lastly, we are hoping to identify a number of patrons, mostly with local connections, who might be persuaded to make donations to the project and/or sponsor individual features of the building, such as the seating or technical equipment etc.”

Anyone interested should contact Peter Murphy on 01241 852106 or email petermurphy1932@gmail.com