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Arbroath masterplan drawn up

April 6 2012

Arbroath masterplan drawn up
The Voigt Partnership have published a 30 year masterplan to reinvigorate Arbroath by focussing anew on the existing town centre.

This calls for the creation of a new square to act as a focal point for residents and visitors, acting as a hub for those seeking access to visitor attractions such as Arbroath Abbey, the marina and Harbour visitor centre.

In addition the practice has identified a further 37 points around the town, including Keptie Pond and the water tower, which they believe could spread the benefits of regeneration well beyond the historic core.

Other ideas on the drawing board include extending a miniature railway line to the harbour and landscaping the entrypoint to the town from Dundee.

Heinz Voigt, an Arbroath native, said: “We need to attract more investment to the town and the one thing that it doesn’t have is a heart.

“There is no direct access to the centre of Arbroath and a town plaza with various points going to the High Street could integrate these areas.”

The Voigt Partnership will place their plans on public display within their refurbished offices in the Old Erskine Church on Commerce Street. From there the masterplan will be presented to Angus Council for consideration of adoption into the local plan.
Arbroath was once regarded as the best town in Angus by some- no longer
Arbroath was once regarded as the best town in Angus by some- no longer
Voight intends to bring the town back to its heyday.
Voight intends to bring the town back to its heyday.


Trevor Ward
#1 Posted by Trevor Ward on 10 Apr 2012 at 10:21 AM
A focal point in the form of a central square is a good start. But that still leaves the problem of the town's biggest drawback - its miserable, narrow-minded, residents. Their reactionary attitude is enough to snuff out even the strongest shaft of sunlight...
#2 Posted by dirige on 10 Apr 2012 at 11:22 AM
Blame it on the people? Great approach.

Arbroath's sad demise from what should be a historic town bustling with fishing, smokies, trade and tourists is more due to the sad restriction of fishing in scotland. It's jobs and trade that bring vitality to communities, rather than architecture.
Eric Cantona
#3 Posted by Eric Cantona on 10 Apr 2012 at 15:41 PM
I think this is flippin' marvelous - hurray Mr Voigt !
nice line of trees
#4 Posted by nice line of trees on 18 Apr 2012 at 12:24 PM
The signs to the Abbey & Plaza are simply far too big and would be an eyesore
#5 Posted by David on 23 Dec 2015 at 17:26 PM
Is it just me or has Gyafield been moved to old donkey derby venue infront of hospital?

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