Charrette date for Montrose

Montrose Town Hall
Montrose Town Hall

Montrose is to be the next town to participate in a design charrette - which will deliver short, medium and long-term community plans.

A charrette is a collaborative consultation and design programme that is nurtured by local views, opinions and ideas.

Now the people of Montrose are being asked to get involved in setting a vision for their future.

The charrette will take place from Tuesday to Thursday, March 22 to 24, at Montrose Library. Local people of all ages, as well as representatives of local business and industry and other agencies are very welcome to go along and contribute.

Developed by Angus Council with funding assistance from Scottish Government, the event is led by experts from the fields of town planning, architecture, property development and community regeneration.

The charrette team will look to confirm the challenges and priorities of the community for the town centre and develop a long-term vision and strategy for its future, within the context of the surrounding area.

It will also identify the strengths and assets of the historic town centre and the challenges and opportunities it faces.

The aim is to foster a commitment from the local community, businesses and stakeholders to have control of any agreed changes or developments and establish strategies and frameworks to achieve them.

What is agreed upon in the charrette will help influence future local developments, improvements, plans, policies and investment.

Once they have gathered all the information, the design team will report back on their findings on 20 April at Montrose Library.

Similar events have been held in Brechin, Carnoustie, Forfar and most recently Arbroath to spark conversation, action and activity on how future services, such as housing, retail, leisure and tourism and be shaped.