The deteriorating condition of parts of Kirrie Den has been criticised by both the public and community councillors.
Collapsing banks along the burn, which has also been strewn with boulders; the poor condition of some of the benches and the loss of the children’s paddling pool were all highlighted at Kirriemuir Community Council’s latest meeting.
While the den is a popular beauty spot, particularly at this time of year, a general lack of maintenance, vandalism and dog fouling were also raised on the Old Kirrie group on Facebook.
Community councillors agreed that not all of the damage along the burn was weather-related which they felt was unfortunate as they still consider the den to be an asset to the town.
On Facebook several people also called for the return of the “Denny”, or Den Keeper, whose house in the den is currently boarded up.
Jennifer Cameron said: “The house has been boarded up for a few years now, since a family moved out. Just been the council looking after it since the Denny left. Such a shame, you were even scared to take your bike down the den cause he would chase you to get out with it. Many a happy day spent down the den.”
Lorraine Matheson said: “The community should get together and sort it! Council won’t!”
Kirsty-Louise Milne added: “That’s the problem here...Angus Council. The state of The Den these days is down to nobody looking after it. Vandals destroying paths, steps and the burn banking? I’ve heard it all now.”
Several other people said the den is less attractive to families than it used to be.
At the meeting, local Councillor Iain Gauld said he would investigate the issues raised and take them back to Angus Council, while at the end of last week Councillor Ronnie Proctor said the damage to the edges of the burn’s banks has been reported to the council and is now being looked at.