Preserve church stone

A CALL has been made for the original stone from St Margaret’s Church to be incorporated into any replacement building on the West High Street site.

Following a presentation from Colin Smith of the Glamis Consultancy at Forfar Community Council on Thursday evening, community councillor Mike Lawson said he would like to see the original stone from the building being used for any rebuild.

Chairman Mrs Isobel Ross also asked that, is possible, any replacement building is set back from the street to allow access for wedding and funeral cars.

Mr Smith had told the meeting he had been asked by St Margaret’s to carry out the independent survey to find out what the community wants to see at St Margaret’s.

Due to the cost of maintaining the current building, the preferred option was to demolish it.

However, the views of the public were being sought before an architect will be commissioned.

He said: “This won’t happen until we find out what community facilities are wanted for that site. St Margaret’s have some ideas of their own and have asked me to ‘road test’ some of these suggestions.”

He urged members of the community to take part in the survey, which is available on the church’s website - www.stmargaretschurchforfar.org.

The second part of the public consultation will take the form of two focus group meetings which will be held in the community meeting room at the Forfar Asda store on Thursday, April 18, and Tuesday, April 23, at 7 p.m.

Numbers are limited and pre-booking is required. To participate please contact: admin@theglamisconsultancy.com or telephone 01307 840343 (daytime).