Get Forfar blooming

A RALLYING call has gone out to the Forfar community to work together to improve the look of the town.

At this month’s meeting of Forfar Community Council, community councillor Avril Simpson compared Forfar town centre to that of Cupar in Fife, stating there was much room for improvement in Forfar.

She told the meeting Cupar Community Council ran a successful scheme which recycled begonias, resulting in the Fife market town being awash with flowers.

She said: “Their ‘Cupar in Bloom’ project is a great success. Cupar is the county town, Forfar is the county town, why can’t we have something like that?

“I went round the town (Forfar) today and it is looking sad.

“We should be encouraging shop-keepers to put money in for hanging baskets.”

Angus councillor Ian McLaren told the meeting he would take the project on board and would speak to local businesses in the town in the hope of securing funding for more hanging baskets in Forfar for next year.

He said: “We are looking down every avenue we can. We are going to look at this to see if we can do something. I think it will work but it needs to be a community project.”

Members discussed approaching Tesco and Asda for support, with community councillor Alistair Cormie stating: “We have to move from a ‘won’t do’ to a ‘can do’ spirit and try to get people to volunteer their services to help.”

Whilst members welcomed the news that six new planters and four new seats would be positioned in the town centre very shortly, chairman Mrs Isobel Ross felt there was a need for a burgh surveyor to go round the town to tackle issues ranging from dog fouling to weeds which are growing outside council buildings.

She added: “We need a burgh surveyor to go round the town to see what needs done. The town is needing a freshen up.”