All aspects of life and living in Montrose will be brought into sharp focus by a design charrette being held in the town next week.
The aim is to help local people and businesses set a vision for the future of their town and, at the same time, address challenges, expose opportunities and maximise Montrose’s potential.
A detailed programme of events has been drawn up for the charrette, which runs from Tuesday 22 to Thursday 24 March.
Included in the schedule are walkabout tours, group discussions and workshops and even an open air cinema, that are all designed to find out the aspirations and needs of everyone, young or old living in the area.
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 can be shaped.
A design studio will operate out of Montrose Library, where designers, specialists and the public will work together in preparation of a long term vision, development framework and action plan for the town centre.
People will be able to drop into the studio between 11am and 5pm on each day of the charrette, where they can see the ideas wall.
Design Team members will also be available to speak with.
Workshops are open to all and free of charge and there is no need to register.
Once the design team has gathered all the information, they will report back on their findings on 20 April at Montrose Library.
This will be final opportunity to hear a presentation of the proposals, with contributions from local people and to agree next steps.
The schedule is as follows:
Tuesday, March 22:
- ‘Montrose 2026: Setting the Agenda’ from 11am to 12.30pm
With school pupils/young people and material from the pre-charrette activities.
- ‘Traffic and Transport Walkabout and Workshop: Connecting Montrose’ from 1 to 2.30pm
Opportunity for agencies, Angus Council officers and community representatives to take part in a walk and group discussions on the emerging accessibility and transport challenges and opportunities.
- Launch events: ‘Pride in Place’ from 3.30 to 5.30pm and 7 to 9pm
Opportunity for everyone to view the initial exhibition, find out more about the events, help shape the agenda and take part in breakout discussions on: ‘Community Pride in Place; ‘Places and Buildings’, ‘Connecting Montrose’ and ‘Business and Investment’
Wednesday, March 23:
- ‘Land/Building Owners and Developers: Investing in Montrose: Projects Review’ from 10.30am to 12.30pm
Opportunity for businesses and individuals with an interest in regenerating/developing property and council officers to discuss challenges, opportunities, potential projects and a way forward.
- ‘Problem Solving Working Lunch’ from 1 to 2pm
Emerging ideas and focus on strategy, emerging development framework and important themes. Sandwiches will be provided.
- Fringe event from 2.30pm to 5pm at Montrose Sports Centre.
Smaller accessible fringe event where you can discuss what you think about Montrose as a place - its buildings, spaces, and transport links as well as its social aspects.
- Future walk leaving from Montrose Library at 5pm and finishing at 6.30pm
Walk and talk tour of Montrose town centre with the Montrose Society/ Montrose Natural History and Antiquarian Society for the public and interested parties.
- Outdoor cinema at 6.30pm and finishing at 7.30pm
Outdoor cinema event – WAVEparticle presenting film extracts from pre-charrette and other place related material. Refreshments will be provided. Venue to be confirmed.
- Business and community workshop: ‘Mapping The Ideas’ from 7.45 to 9.30pm
Opportunity for businesses to discuss achievements, challenges, opportunities emerging development framework and next steps.
Thursday, March 24:
- Public Agencies and interested parties workshop from 10.30am to 1pm
Opportunity for key agencies and Angus Council officers/members to take part in group discussions on the emerging themes, challenges, ideas and the way forward.
One to One Discussions from 1.30pm to 3.00pm
The Design Studio will be open to stakeholders and interested parties for final one to one discussions.
- ‘Work In Progress: Presentation, Review Workshop and Exhibition’ from 7 to 9pm
Opportunity for everyone to view how the exhibition has progressed, hear a presentation of work in progress and ask questions.