Public consultation began this week on proposed environmental improvements to Kirriemuir’s town square.
The proposals, put forward by Angus Council as part of the Kirriemuir Conservation Area Regeneration Scheme (CARS), aim to make the square a main focal point for the town’s identity and to improve the space by replacing damaged paving slabs and introducing a series of new street furniture such as seating, cycle stands and litter bins.
The square’s design is based on a timeline that curves around the space starting from a circle around the Peter Pan statue. The timeline is formed with new granite paving banding inscribed with a text from J.M Barrie’s work. The timeline ends with the possible location of a new statue for Ronald Belford “Bon” Scott, for which local community group DD8 Music is currently fund-raising.
Proposals also include curved timber and stainless steel seating along the timeline to match the form of the granite banding.
It will also feature inset granite squares within the paving with engraved relief images highlighting aspects of Kirriemuir’s cultural past and present to bring a sense of local identity to the square.
It is proposed that the design of both granite squares and the tree guard will be developed together with a group of local schoolchildren.
The drawings went on display on Monday and can be viewed in the library and the ACCESS Office. Comments can be submitted at both venues as well as online at www.angus.gov.uk/hys
There will also be a public meeting tonight (Wednesday), before Kirriemuir Community Council’s meeting, at the fire station in Glengate at 7.30 p.m.
CARS is a partnership between Historic Scotland and Angus Council to provide a jointly funded grant programme to enhance the appearance of Kirriemuir Conservation Area.