Former school building could be turned into community centre

Invertay House

Plans to create a community centre in Monifieth have taken a major step forward after Angus Council agreed to consider the transfer of Invertay House.

Monifieth Community Resource Group wants to create a multipurpose centre in the former school building.

Campaigners hope to hold sports and community events in the council-owned premises, which were most recently used to process benefit inquiries.

The resource group is seeking to have the building transferred into community ownership and Angus Council has said it will look into the request.

If the bid is successful, Invertay House could be in community ownership within six months.

Jean Lee, from Monifieth Community Resource Group, said she was optimistic the transfer would be approved — and that the group would be able to raise the £2 million it needs to realise its ambitions.

She said: “We want to create a big sports hall and an area for community events and even things such as concerts because there is nowhere to do that in Monifieth.

“It’s the kind of thing people were trying to do 30 or 40 years ago but it just faded away because there were no buildings they could use.

“The council now has six months to think about whether our proposal is viable.

“After that we’ll have six months to raise the necessary money but we are already working towards that. I am very optimistic.”

Ms Lee said there had already been productive talks with the Big Lottery Fund about securing a grant for the project.

The group was awarded more than £37,000 earlier this year to carry out a feasibility study.