Grant awards for local groups given the green light at council meeting

ALMOST £9,000 has been awarded to four local organisations in the latest round of funding from Angus Council’s Community Grant scheme.

Members of the authority’s infrastructure services committee were asked to rubber-stamp the recommendations at their meeting on Tuesday.

The biggest award of £3,935, the full amount applied for, was made to Montrose Day Care Centre to help with upgrading its toilet facilities to make them accessible to all service users.

In his report infrastructure services director Eric Lowson said: “The organisation is well managed and provides a high quality of service for the elderly and younger people with disabilities.”

Hillside Village hall was also recommended to receive £3,000 towards the renewal of its lighting system which is “obsolete and inefficient”. The hall committee also has problems finding spare parts for the lights.

Mr Lowson acknowledged that the hall, which recently marked its centenary, is well run and busy.

Recommending the full requested grant, he said: “The improvements will make the facility easier to maintain, comply with fire safety and use low energy lighting.

“Without grant aid the hall committee will be unable to proceed with the upgrading.”

Montrose Horticultural Society, which organises the town’s annual flower show, had lodged an application for £1,521 to help towards running costs including the printing of schedules and advertising. The society also hopes to buy materials and equipment including new covering materials for tables and stands for exhibits.

Mr Lowson said the recommended grant was for £1,000 to cover non recurring items with the balance contributing only to costs such as press adverts, the printing of schedules and stationery.

The Royal Montrose Golf Club, meanwhile, was recommended for an award of up to £1,000 to help cover the costs of upgrading seven upstairs windows to double glazing.

The entire replacement scheme is estimated at £2,800 and Mr Lowson noted that it would have a wider benefit.

He said: “Whilst the upgrading will benefit club members in general it is recognised that the number of players and visitors from outwith the Montrose area will also benefit.

“This is the ninth oldest golf club in the world, having celebrated its bicentenary in 2010. The club is involved directly in promoting the ‘Carnoustie Country’ destination brand and has developed a number of initiatives to attract visitors to the town.

“The club provides facilities for visiting golfers and the works proposed will specifically improve the amenity of the visitors’ lounge, changing facilities and locker room, all of which are on the upstairs floor.”

The recommended awards were part of an overall total of £40,000 granted to 12 projects across Angus. Other schemes which were set for approval were a £5,000 award to the Woodlands Garden Trust in Arbroath toward the cost of a glasshouse, which would form the centrepiece of a garden of remembrance for RM Condor-based marines.

It is expected to cost up to £80,000 with the total cost of the project estimated at £150,000.