President’s Report January 2019

Monifieth Local History Society

Thursday 10th January 2019 at 10.30am

83 High Street, Monifieth DOS 4AA


Thank you for attending today to what is the first meeting of the Monifieth Local History Society members and those who are interested in our work this year. Since our last meeting  things have progressed rapidly with the Society no longer based at 55 High Street known as the Monifieth House of Memories.

The Occupancy Licence granted by Angus Council to allow the storage of the heritage related items , property of Monifieth Community which they “wished to be displayed and remain in Monifieth where it belongs”, was relocated on the 6th December at 83 High Street, the former Angus Council Access Office, for which our Community Asset Transfer Lease Application was approved on 9th October 2018 by Angus Council who supported the idea of establishing a Monifieth Community Heritage Centre. Negotiations are currently taking place regarding the agreement by those involved ie; MLHS and Angus Council, prior to signing and acceptance of conditions for this ambitious project.

Angus Council have been most considerate in their support of the plan, however we have now reached the stage where those members of the community, who expressed their offers of support, must come forward as we few committed volunteers, who have for fourteen years managed the House of Memories, on their behalf, now are in dire need of assistance to carry on the services we provided for what became an international tourist attraction.

Age has so to speak “Taken it’s toll” In order to allow discussion and consider the feasibility of moving the project forward, we have organised a Public meeting at 7pm Wednesday 16th January 2019 in the Community Cabin. The attendance at the last public meeting regarding the establishment of a Monifieth Community Heritage Centre, was to say the least very disappointing. In order that MLHS continue with the plan will require the forming of a MCHC management committee with all the necessary office bearers. As the official lease holders MLHS will be represented within the elected group.

The time scale for agreement of lease acceptance is moving closer and with no community support, then the opportunity for Monifieth to change from “the place with nothing” to “Monifieth has a nationally recognised Heritage Centre” will not happen.

Other options will then be addressed regarding the Community owned property.

Margaret Copland.

President MLHS

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