Plans for parents’ park group on hold

PLANS to form a parents’ group to oversee the running of Montrose’s threatened playparks have been put on hold until after a meeting with local councillors.

It follows the recent decision by Angus Council’s neighbourhood services committee to arrange meetings with local elected members in each of the burghs with parks affected by its budget-cutting proposals.

The authority’s proposals involved the loss of 175 items of unsafe or out of date equipment from 51 parks across the county, eight of which are in Montrose.

The idea for the formation of a Montrose parents’ group to oversee and fund-raise for the parks’ maintenance was put forward at the recent Ferryden Community Council meeting by chairman Gordon Brown who, along with representatives of Montrose Community Council and parent groups, had discussed the issue with council officials.

Mr Brown this week said that there was “no point” in carrying on with the plans until parents hear what the council’s future plans will be.

He said: “If we don’t need to do that at the moment then we’d be better conserving people’s energies. We’ll have to wait and see what the council’s strategy to involve the community is. At the moment there’s no point in starting up a group and finding out that we’re actually working against that.

“This does sound a lot more hopeful. We just need to stop, think and assess each park in more detail and think about what we can do to preserve them or make replacements with low maintenance equipment.”

A public consultation exercise run by the council in December attracted more than 1,000 responses while the Angus-wide Protect Our Parks group collected 2,272 signatures supporting the facilities’ retention.