Letters to the Editor - 13.01.11

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I was disappointed to read in last week’s Kirriemuir Herald that, in letter writer Alan Bell’s own words, “the adverts of Guild Homes has become a serialised cartoon”.

Our adverts relate to safety, road safety and the dangers large supermarket lorries will present to the safety of the people of Kirriemuir when using Kirriemuir town centre.

It is not safe. We know it, the people of Kirremuir know it, Angus Council have chosen to ignore it and you think it is a cartoon – help!

A cartoon, Mr Bell, is a laughing matter and contrary to your view, the safety of the people of Kirriemuir is no laughing matter.

You have completely missed the point and I feel a public apology from yourself to the people of Kirriemuir would be appropriate.

I do not know who you are Mr Bell, but you are clearly a man with an opinion. You would appear to have something to say on everything, be it informed or uninformed, often choosing to share it with us all in the Kirriemuir Herald.

An opinion can be an asset, but should always be backed up with ability.

It is a known fact that actions speak louder than words and for you to have such a knowledge on so many issues you will realise what a waste it would be not to put that knowledge into action.

Come on, don’t be shy Mr Bell, tell us what you’ve done for Kirriemuir in the past, in the present, even your ambitions for the future and how you’re going to make it happen.

In the meantime we will spend less time talking and quietly get on with our job, building 120 new homes, a new dental surgery and hopefully a new supermarket in Kirriemuir.

We will create jobs, contribute to both the economy and the community, not to mention helping as many local charities as we can along the way.

As for yourself Mr Bell, once you’ve stopped laughing at the road safety issues in Kirriemuir, we would be pleased to hear what you’re going to do for Kirriemuir. Remember, actions speak louder than words!

Yours etc.,

Mark Guild,

Guild Homes (Tayside) Limited.


The officers and staff of the 1st Kirriemuir Boys’ Brigade Company would like to thank all those who once again supported the Christmas card delivery service.

We were perhaps not up to speed with some of the deliveries because of the bad weather but we did get the cards delivered.

This has been successful again this year, although we did have a greater number of cards with either just Christian names, no house number or the completely wrong address.

However, by asking around we have traced most of them.

We posted on cards to Dundee, Coupar Angus, Stonehaven, Inverurie and Forfar so hopefully the recipients will have got them.

We are greatly indebted to those who have no BB connection who deliver cards for us, especially this year.

Many thanks to the shops that, once again, took in our post boxes. We wish you all a happy 2011.

Yours etc.,

Patricia Ritchie,

Company Captain.


I hope the head of Angus Council’s economic development is slightly embarrassed by his comments in last week’s Dispatch (January 6) regarding HGV parking on Silvie Way when he talks of road operators, as a condition of their licence, required to park at their base or at a recognised lorry park.

Where in Angus is there a recognised lorry park?

A lorry driver is governed by strict driving hours and delivery times and has to park as close to or at the place of delivery/pick-up.

And, with councils, like ours, that don’t provide proper lorry parks the street is the only option!

I would like to know where, in the whole of the Angus Council area, there is a recognised lorry parking facility where a hard-working lorry driver can park up, have a shower, a hot meal, a chat with fellow drivers then rest up for the next day’s driving.

These same lorry drivers pick up goods from local businesses so they can employ local people, who then pay large amounts of their hard-earned money in taxes.

I don’t in any way condone bad parking by lorry drivers, as was highlighted in the original article by a local business at Orchardbank.

But a blind eye is turned to the same bad parking by motorists in the centre of Forfar. Where are the council’s priorities?

Yours etc.,

Craig Cameron,

Posted by e-mail via the website.


In hindsight it was as inevitable as the next bankers’ bonus that Angus Council would approve the building of an Asda superstore in Forfar.

Sad to say I fear that it will be equally inevitable that this turn of events will have a detrimental impact on the town.

Forfar has a relatively thriving range of locally-owned and run shops of good quality.

This has become all too rare in this country as town centre after town centre is laid to waste by the opening of superstores.

The independent shops give the town character and provide an attractive environment for visitors.

I believe this is put at risk by this decision. To see the impact of the opening of too many superstores we only need to look at Arbroath.

There the High Street is full only of chain, charity and pound shops. I would hate to think of Forfar going the same way.

Asda promises to bring jobs to the town. How many jobs may be lost when local shops and businesses close?

As a result of this decision it seems as though we may have some short term gain but I fear the long term pain? Once local shops and small businesses close there will be no going back.

If the future for the local shops is as gloomy as evidence from across the country suggests, then I for one will not help it happen.

I will continue to use local shops and businesses where the money they make stays in the area to help the local economy. Profits from the superstores go to shareholders abroad or at best down south.

Currently I have a choice and I intend to exercise it as long as I am able. Once local shops close I, along with everyone, else will not have a choice.

Yours etc.,

Brian Batson,