Final cobble laid and barriers gone

Traffic flowing through Kirrie Square.
Traffic flowing through Kirrie Square.

Weeks of traffic disruption have ended and traffic is once again flowing through Kirriemuir town centre after the final cobbles were re-laid.

The project - which split the community between those who wanted to see the granite setts retained and those who wanted them lifted - was completed at the weekend.

Final surfacing work and finishing touches were being carried out and on Monday morning the barriers were removed.

Local councillor Jeanette Gaul, who is vice convener of communities, said: “I am delighted to see this programme of works reach completion.

“It has improved the condition of the roads network at the heart of Kirriemuir and at the same time has remained true to the area’s conservation status.

“I would like to thank everyone who worked hard to complete the project and acknowledge the patience and understanding of the community throughout the duration of this important work.”

The repair and maintenance programme has been undertaken in the town’s Glengate, St Malcolm’s Wynd and High Street. It involved road re-surfacing, as well as the cobbles (or red setts) being lifted, repaired and re-established in the High Street.

The work began on Monday, August 24 and was initially expected to take seven weeks.

As the maintenance project fell within the local conservation area it was carried out sensitively in accordance with the streetscape’s status.

The decision to re-lay the setts caused anger at Kirriemuir Community Council in the summer when it emerged Historic Scotland had recommended the granite setts be retained.

The community councillors had criticised the condition of the setts for years as not fit for purpose and felt robbed at the loss of what they felt was an opportunity to get rid of them or reach a compromise solution. There had been calls for the setts to be replaced with tar after reports of people tripping over them.