Call for better play park at lochside

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A Forfar Community Councillor has made an appeal for better play facilities to be made available at the Lochside Leisure Centre.

Speaking at this month’s meeting, Joe Harkin called for better facilities for locals and visitors alike, suggesting The Caravan Club, which has secured a 50 year lease of the Lochside Caravan Park, should be approached to contribute towards the costs.

His appeal followed the recent spell of good weather when Forfarians travelled to Carnoustie, Montrose and Broughty Ferry to use play facilities.

Mr Harkin explained: “Everyone was talking about going away for the day in the good weather. Is there any chance we could get some sort of similar park in Forfar so we can keep people here instead of them having to go out of town.”

Whilst some members felt there was already an excellent play park at the Lochside, he felt it could be improved.

The meeting heard there were toilet facilities at the leisure centre as well as cafe facilities which have had varying degrees of success over the years.

Members reminisced about days gone by in the Reid Park when there were trampolines, a paddling pool and a putting green.

Mike Lawson commented: “It has degenerated to nothing in the Reid Park.”

Whilst Angus Councillor Bill Middleton stated there was no money available for play facilities at the leisure centre, Mr Harkin argued he felt the situation should be looked into and The Caravan Club should be approached.