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Issued: 19 March 2003

Fun For All At New Blue Seaway

The new look Monifieth Seafront has been officially opened.

The £800,000 investment by Angus Council, has seen the area completely revamped to provide top class facilities for both local people and visitors.

Designed to offer entertainment for young people from toddlers to teenagers, the seafront has been transformed to provide mounds for shelter from the wind and a high point to view the magnificent panorama of the Firth of Tay from Barry Buddon, across to Fife and along to Broughty Ferry.

This exciting new landscape now incorporates major new play areas, with state of the art equipment for toddlers, junior kids and adventure play.

The revamped seafront was officially opened by the Chair of Monifieth Community Council Olive Thain, who said: “We are delighted that Angus Council was able to redevelop this tremendous facility which is much needed by the community. The new seafront area is already proving extremely popular with local people and I hope they continue to support it.”

All the new facilities have been developed in consultation with local toddler groups and children from Seaview and Grange Primary Schools and Monifieth High School who attended the official opening to give their seal of approval.

Part of the consultation was a competition to name the play area with the winning entry - Blue Seaway - by Lewis Bruce and Rowanne Ness of Seaview Primary School.

In association with members of the 4Real centre the first skateboard park designed and developed by Angus Council, which will form an important facility for teenagers, has been created.

The existing putting green has been remodelled to provide a more interesting challenge and this will open latter in the year.

In addition to new facilities the infrastructure of the site has been improved with an extensive network of footpaths, new convenient areas for car parking and the toilet block has been improved notably for access for people with disabilities.

The seafront itself is an important element of the development and in addition to the slipway to the beach, the community council in partnership with the Angus Environmental Trust secured funding from Biffaward for provision of the boardwalk and steps along at the frontage to the Riverview Caravan Site.

An important element of the new development is the installation of art works, which have been integrated into the scheme, created by artists working for the Four Winds Inspiration Centre.

The sculpted birds on the lookout mound were created by Robin Wood who also carved the seals on the benches.

All the benches were made by members of Noranside from recycled elm logs from various parks and open spaces in Angus, while the carved standing stones at the entrance were by Andy McFetters.

Finally in addition to the work on the central seafront, through the consultation process it was clear that work was required on the football pitches. These have been relevelled and a well-drained car park provided adjacent to the pitches.

The whole development has very much been a partnership between Angus Council and the various community interests associated with the seafront.

Rob Murray, Monifieth Central councillor and Angus Council leader, commented:

“This fantastic new facility has been very much on the agenda since the return of Monifieth to Angus and its creation is a tribute to the partnership between Angus Council and the Monifieth community. We now look forward to further investment in the seafront over the coming year with proposals to redevelop the area in front of Tayview Caravan Park.”

Councillor Ian Angus, Convener of Recreation and Cultural Services, said: “The development at Monifieth is a very important investment in the leisure facilities of Monifieth. The new play areas, the improvement to the football pitches and especially Angus’s first Wheeled Sports facility are most welcome.”

Councillor David Selfridge, Convener of Planning and Transport, added: “Angus has some of the best seafront locations on the East Coast, and the development of Monifieth compliments those at Montrose, Arbroath and Carnoustie. The council has developed these areas for local needs but also to make an impact on the tourism for each town.”