Peaceful protest at Curlie

The protesters at the Curlie Pond.
The protesters at the Curlie Pond.

DESPITE the freezing conditions, a number parents and their children turned up at short notice at the Curlie Pond on Friday to take part in a peaceful protest.

They are horrified by Angus Council’s proposal not to replace play equipment which is in poor condition at a number of playparks in the county - including the Curlie Pond.

There is now an Angus-wide campaign of peaceful protests against the removal of play equipment from these parks.

At the protest were community council chairman Tommy Stewart, and mothers Katriona Edwards, Aileen Fraser and Louise Lawless, with youngsters who will greatly miss playing on the equipment.

Louise told the Review that she wondered if there was a significance in the fact that the closures were announced at the start of the winter, when fewer people would be using the playparks.

She said that the Curlie is a great favourite with children, and pointed out the large number of play items that are on site.

Louise added that this has been a family favourite for decades, with photographs of even great-grandparents enjoying the fresh air and exercise there.

Mr Stewart said he fully supported the peaceful action of the mothers and children, and praised them for joining in the Angus-wide protest.

Peaceful protests were also held at Arbroath, Carnoustie, Forfar, Monifieth, Kirriemuir and Brechin, with the total turnout estimated to be in excess of 200.

Protesters said there were technical problems on Friday accessing Angus Council’s website, to complete consultation questionnaires.

The group has now organised a petition to Save All Angus Playparks, available in local shops.