Wharf Street ideas on display

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A DISPLAY of plans and designs for the proposed Wharf Street frontage was on public show at Montrose Library last Tuesday.

It was staged by Montrose Heritage Trust, a consortium of partners including Angus Council, Montrose Port Authority and the RNLI, making a bid for funds from the Big Lottery Scotland, under its new Community Spaces fund.

The new body is intended to fund the community use of public spaces, improving the environment and encouraging healthy outdoor activity.

The Trust believes that upgrading the historic port area of the burgh will attract many more people to come, to return and to enjoy a wide range of activities and recreations.

The initial designs for the project were on show, along with a display relating to the site, and to the lottery bid.

The Trust has been actively seeking fresh ideas for design features and for innovative new uses for the quayside.

Community organisations have been encouraged to discuss and record their comments, suggestions and ideas.

Dr Andrew Orr, chairman of the Trust, said: “This has been an excellent day for us, with several dozen people taking the trouble to discuss our plans.

“We have taken over 20 written submissions of support comments and suggestions. What has been really good is the emergence of some interesting new ideas – for example a feature of a large twisting leaping salmon in stainless steel, to underline the importance of the salmon trade to the town.

“Apart from more obvious activities like walking and cycling there have been suggestions for imaginative new uses for the area – amongst these are music, art, craft and theatre events. These are very exciting prospects for the community.”

The Lottery bid has to be entered by the end of the month (November), with a Stage One decision in February, 2012. If successful this leads on to a Stage Two process with more detailed development work.