Shop plans re­vealed

Com­mu­nity fo­rum looks to raise pro­file with premises

Evening Telegraph (Late Extra Edition) - - • • - BY sarah WILLIAMSON

A COM­MU­NITY fo­rum has re­vealed plans to se­cure a shop in the heart of its area, in a bid to raise its pro­file.

The idea is be­ing con­sid­ered by Sto­b­swell Com­mu­nity Fo­rum as it looks to heighten its pres­ence in the com­mu­nity.

David Macdougall, vice chair­man of the fo­rum, said the group hoped to se­cure the tem­po­rary lease of an empty unit on Al­bert Street, which could be used as a pop-up shop and a place for res­i­dents to dis­cuss is­sues or con­cerns.

He added that the move would be “good for the com­mu­nity”.

David said: “We are ex­plor­ing dif­fer­ent ways that we can bring the fo­rum to folk’s attention and, at the same time, bring more peo­ple to Sto­b­swell.

“We wouldn’t want to have a shop that was empty half the year — we want to be con­fi­dent that we can use it to great ef­fect over the year in as many novel ways as pos­si­ble.”

Mr Macdougall said one of the op­tions be­ing con­sid­ered was us­ing the shop as a venue for artists who took part in Open­close, an art trail which saw for­got­ten door­ways in the area trans­formed with colour­ful mu­rals.

David said: “The shop could be a venue for artists who took part in the Open­close sell­ing their works.

“Hope­fully the fo­rum would man­age to ne­go­ti­ate a de­cent length of lease.

“We could have a pop-up shop, say for the artists, and then it could be some­thing re­lated to Christ­mas, for in­stance.”

“There could also be an op­por­tu­nity for the fo­rum it­self to ini­ti­ate con­sul­ta­tion ex­er­cises in the com­mu­nity.

“There are nu­mer­ous prob­lems and is­sues in Sto­b­swell that peo­ple have con­cerns about, but we are find­ing that very few peo­ple know where to go to speak about them.

“It’s early days but this is some­thing we are ex­plor­ing to see if we can make our pres­ence known bet­ter.”

Rus­sell Pep­per, or­gan­iser of Open­close Dundee, sup­ported the idea of open­ing a store to show­case the work of artists.

He said: “It would be a dif­fer­ent kind of shop for peo­ple to go to and would bring peo­ple to the area to visit it. It would sup­port the artists and their work.”

Open­close will be host­ing a mar­ket in Au­gust at Sto­b­swell’s Cel­e­bra­tion in the Park event, at which artists will be sell­ing their cre­ations.

Rus­sell Pep­per along­side an ex­am­ple of the art­work on a door on Su­gar­house Wynd.

David Macdougall

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