Ambitious plans to revitalise the heart of Blairgowrie have been described as a potential “landmark” for the town.
However, with just a few months to go until the town is judged in the prestigious Britain in Bloom competition – run by the Royal Horticultural Society – community leaders are keen to see the regeneration earmarked for the bus terminus, Riverside and Wellmeadow areas get underway as soon as possible.
Describing the Perth and Kinross Council-led developments as a “landmark” for Blairgowrie, local community council chairman Jim Bradley told the Blairie: “This will only happen once. Hopefully it will make a great improvement to the town and its facilities for the benefit of locals and visitors alike.”
And he went on to urge: “Let’s get this up and running in order to have the town brightened up for the Britain in Bloom competition.”
Mr Bradley also explained the recent well-attended meeting was called after a previous public consultation was affected by the recent adverse weather.
He continued: “The community council felt there was a need to do more and invited officials from Perth and Kinross Council back to Blairgowrie to answer any questions people had about the plans.
“The public meeting went very well with the council officers giving full details of the proposed projects and allowing those present the opportunity to express their views on the proposals.”
This was echoed by Councillor Caroline Shiers, who said: “It was a useful meeting and I have taken note of all of the comments made by people who attended.
“The officers from the council will take back all of the concerns and suggestions and incorporate these in to the next stage of the plans.
“I also attended the Blair in Bloom agm on Monday last week and, with the deadlines for the Britain in Bloom competition set now, we are on a countdown to get the Wellmeadow and Riverside looking as good as possible, not just for the competition, but also for residents and visitors to enjoy.”
The proposals for Riverside and Wellmeadow, including the bus terminus area, are available to view on the council’s website at www.pkc.gov.uk/tcrfblairgowrie.
*For more on the regeneration plans see page three of today’s edition.