Kirrie repair programme starts

The setts have been criticised over a number of years as being not fit for purpose.
The setts have been criticised over a number of years as being not fit for purpose.

Work on the repair and maintenance of roads in Kirriemuir town centre began on Monday.

Scheduled to last approximately seven weeks, the surfacing works will take place in Glengate, St Malcolm’s Wynd and High Street.

While the contractors will try to keep disruption to a minimum, a programme of varying road closures will be in place during the project. Diversions will be signed in the area.

Undertaken in phases, the project has begun with road re-surfacing in St Malcolms Wynd and then in Glengate, followed by the setts being lifted, repaired and re-laid in High Street.

The maintenance project falls within the local conservation area and will be carried out sensitively in accordance with the streetscape’s status.

To try to minimise the timescale, access from Bank Street will only be available to the south in the first phase of the cobble work and to the north during the second phase.

The project sparked a call from Kirriemuir Community Council recently for the High Street setts to be removed completely.

Members were angered that Angus Council was told by Historic Scotland to keep the setts as part of the repair programme.

The community councillors have criticised the condition of the setts for years as being not fit for purpose and they felt robbed at the loss of what they felt was an opportunity to get rid of them or reach a compromise solution.

Local bus services will be affected and details can be found at Passengers with queries or questions should contact the relevant bus service operator or Angus Council’s ACCESSLine on 03452 777 778.