Engagement begins on new Monifieth Library proposal

Published on Tuesday 19 July 2022

Angus Council and ANGUSalive, in partnership with Monifieth Community Resource Group, is carrying out a community engagement programme on the proposal for the integration of the library within the new Community Hub in Monifieth.

The Community Hub, planned to be constructed within Blue Seaway Park at the heart of the beachfront, is set to provide a new purpose-built community centre. Run as a social enterprise by local people it will bring benefit and enjoyment to residents and has been designed to provide opportunities in culture, learning, sport, leisure, health and wellbeing.

A feasibility study carried out by Aim Design provides an impressive proposal for the design and layout of a new library integrated within a larger Community Hub.

ANGUSalive, Angus Council and Monifieth Community Resource Group are now sharing this proposal with the community to inform how the Library and ACCESS services can be delivered in a new, purpose-built space.

This is an exciting development for the local community and library users as the new location, modern layout, adaptable space and integration in a community managed resource will support the long term future of library services in the town.

Kirsty Hunter, ANGUSalive Chief Executive said: “We are looking forward to engaging with the local Monifieth community on these exciting plans and hearing their thoughts and ideas about how we can deliver library services from the new site.

“Its location at the Blue Seaway is a short stroll from the library’s current location and is a buzzing locale used by different age groups for various social and leisure activities. This fantastic location matched with what would be a modern and accessible, fit-for-purpose space, would potentially help increase usage, add further value to the vibrancy of the Community Hub as well as expand multi-generational participation within the entire facility.

“The fabulous outside space will enable us to move out with the library walls to combine services such as adult and children’s group activities alongside the wonderful outdoors.

“We received positive feedback at a previous community council meeting on the potential integration and we are now looking forward to the reaction to the plans through this engagement. I invite everyone interested in finding out more about this collaborative project to come along to one of the events or to view the proposal on our website to help shape the future of their community.”

Council Leader and Councillor for Monifieth and Sidlaw, Beth Whiteside said: “This is a great opportunity for us to hear the views of Monifieth people on the proposals for a new town library in a modern, accessible building. I hope that as many residents as possible seize this opportunity to have their say.

“The space and resources provided by a library can be of tremendous value to people of all ages and it would be marvellous if that is reflected in the engagement process. Please take time to attend one of these events to see the proposals and offer your views and suggestions.”

Jean Lee, Chair of MCRG said "Right from when we were first approached about housing the Library and Access Services in our building we have thought it was a great idea for all users and would only enhance the building's usefulness and appeal. Our original building was not going to be big enough to include these new services but the design was deliberately future facing and incorporated flexibility for cost effective add-ons. We just hadn't reckoned on the growth being so immediate!  

“We're really pleased with the new design by our architects Aim Design and from informal discussions with locals the idea of the Library being in our lovely bright airy building with access to an attractive all day café is a real winner.  

“Our project to bring a community centre to Monifieth has morphed over the years due to a variety of events but MCRG is absolutely certain that this is the best ever solution to our community's needs. And it's a quick build. Less than a year from the first cutting of turf. Really exciting."

The public are invited to come along to Monifieth Library on the High Street from Tuesday 19 – Saturday 23 July 2022 during opening hours throughout the week to see and hear more on the plans and provide their views.

There are also specific engagement sessions planned where representatives from the Library or Monifieth Community Resource Group will be available to discuss the proposals. These include:

Monifieth Library: Tuesday 19 July, 3pm-5pm

Monifieth Library: Thursday 21 July, 11am -1pm

Monifieth Community Cabin: Sunday 24 July, 11am -1pm

Members of the community can also view the plans and leave their feedback online. The feedback received from local people will be reported back to Angus Council at a future meeting.

Find out more at www.angusalive.scot/libraries/ or visit Monifieth Library during opening hours: Tuesday 2pm – 6pm, Wednesday and Thursday 11am – 4.30pm and Saturday 10am – 1pm.