A Montrose councillor has praised the winner of this year’s Rod MacFarlane award, which was presented to the Adam Centre in Montrose yesterday (Thursday).
The Rod MacFarlane Award is named after Rod Macfarlane who died in 1994 and was a champion for disabled people through his work as a Regional Councillor.
Rod was also Chair of the Forfar and District Access for Disabled Trust and first Chair of the Angus Access Panel.
Each year the award is presented to buildings or facilities in Angus which demonstrate the best examples of positive efforts being made to encourage the inclusion of people with disabilities.
After inspecting eight properties, the 2016 award was presented to The Adam Centre, Montrose. The day centre was designed by local architects John D Crawford Ltd.
David May, who nominated the Adam Centre for the award, said: “I nominated the Adam Centre for the Rod Macfarlane award and was delighted to hear that not only were they the winners but I was present when they received the award. This award is in recognition of the buildings and facilities which show the best examples of the very positive efforts made to encourage the inclusion of disabled people.
“The superb Adam Centre building is itself an outstanding example of how local architects John Crawford with David Paton playing a huge role in working with the staff led by the manager Irene Mitchell to design and plan a state of the art facility which meets the needs of the users. It was also clear to me, as a regular visitor, in nominating the Adam Centre that the fantastic staff are absolutely central to what is a great place to go as they make such a great difference to the quality of life for the users of the centre and the chairman of the access panel commented to me about this.”
Timmergreens Primary School in Arbroath received a highly commended.