Young snow clearing volunteers

Some of the skat park group are planing to help if and when the snow comes. They were kitted out for a picture on Tuesday watched by Bill Bowles and Ed Oswald.
Some of the skat park group are planing to help if and when the snow comes. They were kitted out for a picture on Tuesday watched by Bill Bowles and Ed Oswald.

ANGUS Council director of neighbourhood services Ron Ashton and Councillor Helen Oswald attended last Tuesday’s meeting of the steering group for the Carnoustie skatepark project in Carnoustie High School.

Councillor Oswald had asked Mr Ashton to attend so he could share his experiences gleaned through other similar projects.

Issues discussed included what the local authority could do to assist the group achieve its ambitions and how other groups had managed their projects.

Mr Ashton confirmed that his intention is to put a paper before the neighbourhood services committee at the June meeting recommending that the land immediately adjacent to and including the small wheeled sports facility be held for the development of a wheeled sports arena.

He congratulated the group on their realistic project timeline which would see the construction being completed in 2014/15 and pledged assistance from the council via the community planning team.

Mr Ashton said it was important that the community as a whole was behind the project and the group identified ways in which they were bringing it to the attention of the townspeople, including a stand at one of the Christmas fairs and a raffle.

At an earlier meeting some of the young people had indicated they would be happy to help with snow clearing, a project now taken forward by Carnoustie Community Council, and they confirmed they are still interested in helping out.

Further profile and fund-raising ventures will be announced in the near future.