Monifieth to receive £100k Town Centre Funding

Scottish Liberal Democrat Councillor for Monifieth & Sidlaw Ben Lawrie has welcomed £1 million of funding for town centres in Angus, with Monifieth earmarked to receive over £100,000 of this Fund.

The Town Centre Fund, which aims to stimulate and support economic investments which encourage town centres to diversify and flourish, was today approved by Angus Councillors who opted to distribute the Fund across burghs proportionally to population, meaning Monifieth will receive £107,411 of investment.

The Council has identified a shortlist of projects and options for this Fund from previous engagement with local communities and businesses. These projects will form the basis of a consultation with local people which will provide opportunity to give feedback on the proposed projects and feed in new ideas for the Council to consider.

Speaking after the meeting Councillor Lawrie said:

“The fact that Monifieth is to receive its fair share of this Fund will be welcome news to Monifieth residents who often feel like they live in the forgotten burgh. I would encourage local people to engage with the consultation to make sure they don’t miss their chance to influence how it’s spent.”

One possible project in Monifieth would see improvements to hard landscaping and environmental improvements around the high street including the space around the War Memorial and links to the beach, to create a more attractive environment for residents and businesses.

More information on the Town Centre Fund can be found here.

One possible project in Monifieth would see improvements to hard landscaping and environmental improvements around the high street including the space around the War Memorial and links to the beach, to create a more attractive environment for residents and businesses.

Year of Young People 2018: Reflections

Over the years I’ve heard people say negative things about young people.

They cause trouble.

They’re on their phones too much.

That they’re too soft, or easily offended.

So it was a refreshing change of tone when as a nation we decided that 2018 was the year that we were going to put young people on the pedestal.

To celebrate their achievements, their contributions to our communities & the potential they each have in transforming our society.

As part of the Year of Young People, Angus Council developed a Youth Engagement Strategy and one of the impressive things about this strategy is that it was co-designed with young people. One important element of democracy is that change happens with people, not to them so it’s absolutely common sense that young people are involved in designing a strategy for engaging with young people.

I was also really impressed by the ‘Power of Youth’ Participatory Budgeting event (funded by the European Interreg Programme). This event had different projects put forward and voted on by young people with the winning projects receiving funding. This put power in to the hands of young people and let them decide what their own priorities are.

We did a lot of good things for the Year of Young People but I’m keen to keep the ball rolling. On top of the legacy work that the Council has planned there are things that us elected members can be doing to make sure our young people are represented.

We have local Members of Scottish Youth Parliament (or MSYPs) and I’ve had frequent contact with them where they’ve told me about the campaigns they’re involved in and where we’ve worked together on common goals.

Last year, by collaborating with our MSYPs, the Monifieth & Sidlaw Councillors managed to organise surgeries in Monifieth High School. This was a great opportunity to talk to local young people and find out what matters to them, it was certainly worth doing.

Young people are never short of ideas and hopefully with the Year of Young People, we’ve started something that won’t end any time soon.

You can find more information on Angus Council’s Year of Young People Projects here.

Young people receiving their Saltire Awards at ‘The Power of Youth’ event.

Saved! – Monifieth Recycling Centre open for another year.

At today’s full meeting of Angus Council, councillors voted 13 – 8 in favour of halting recycling centre closures across Angus.
Speaking at the meeting, Monifieth & Sidlaw Councillor Ben Lawrie said:

“I’d like to start by disagreeing with the comments made by one of the members here at the last meeting of the full council, when he said that he “doesn’t think recycling centres are that important”.

Because I do think recycling centres are important. So do my constituents in Monifieth and they are fiercely opposed to the closure of our local centre.

But that shouldn’t be news to anyone here.

This is a view that Monifieth made abundantly clear when the SNP originally proposed these closures.

They made it clear to me on the doorsteps prior to the election.

They made it very clear last week at the public meeting held by Councillor Myles.

And they’re still it making clear today, taking time out of their day to attend this meeting. The people’s voice on this issue has been consistent and united.

I’d like to commend the Monifieth Community Council and the people of Monifieth for the energy they’ve shown in making their opinions heard.
Democracy is at its best when people are active in telling their politicians what they want.

So I will be voting for the motion today, to give us more time, in the hope that we can find a sustainable and fair arrangement that satisfies people in Monifieth as well as across Angus.”

 

The motion puts on hold all closures of recycling centres across Angus for one year so that public consultation can be held and a deeper review of options can be consulted. Leader of the Council Bob Myles stating during the meeting that “We must make the right decisions, not the quick ones.”

 

Speaking after the meeting, Cllr Lawrie said:

“Despite it looking like a lost battle over the past few days, we’ve managed to pull out the stops and halt the imminent closure of the Monifieth Recycling Centre.

This isn’t a permanent solution however, we’ve bought ourselves another year, but a new site for the Centre will have to be found.

If us folk in Monifieth want there to be a local centre in the long term we’re going to have to be proactive in coming forward with offers or suggestions of a location. It won’t be easy but hopefully if we find a suitable site then there is potential for a brand new centre. To me, that would be the ideal outcome.”

Willie Rennie MSP & Cllr Lawrie campaigning to for the Monifieth Recycling Centre last April

Monifieth Group for People with COPD

The group meets at Monifieth Health Centre every second Monday at 2pm.

Do you or does someone you know have COPD (Chronic obstructive pulmonary disease)?
If so, there is a group in Monifieth just for you!
Christine Burnett, chair of the Monifieth COPD support group says:
” We are a group of friendly, like minded people in Monifieth who have C.O.P.D.
We meet every 2nd Monday in Monifieth health centre at 2 pm.
We do gentle seated exercises to attempt to keep our muscles working.
Lots of laughs. Lots of huffs and lots of puffs.
If you would like to come along and see what we do our next meeting is on Monday Feb 27th at 2pm.
If you know anyone in the monifieth area who would benefit from our group and our input please tell them about us.”

My Mum, is actually a COPD nurse and she tells me that gentle exercise is super important in managing COPD so I would definitely recommend going!

For more information please phone Christine: 01382 535289 or Mary: 01382 539302.