Public to have say on plan

A DRAFT plan setting out major regeneration proposals for the south of Montrose will be issued for public consultation shortly.

The move was agreed last week at a meeting of Angus Council’s infrastructure services committee, the next stage in a long-term plan to revive the area.

The review of the area, which could have significant benefits for the county as well as Montrose, has been developed by consultants Ironside Farrar on behalf of the council and its partners GlaxoSmithKline (GSK), Montrose Port Authority, Scottish Enterprise and TACTRAN (Tayside and Central Scotland Transport Partnership).

Focusing on the industrial area to the north of the harbour, between the South Esk bridge to GSK’s factory in Cobden Street, it includes opportunities for growth in the area including Montrose Harbour, GSK itself through new product development and investment, support services for offshore renewable energy scheme and industry development to stimulate regeneration.

There is also the potential for creation of construction industry jobs as well as 205 permanent jobs with collective annual salaries worth around £7.2 million.

Infrastructure services convener and local councillor David May said the document outlines “exciting opportunities” both for the town and Angus.

He said: “It sets out for the first time the public-private sector approach that will be needed to achieve the economic and physical regeneration of the South Montrose area.

“A public consultation is the next step in this long term development of the area – the success of which will ultimately rely on both public and private sector support and investment.”

John Paterson, Montrose Port Authority chief executive, also welcomed the plan. He said: “The regeneration of South Montrose is badly needed, not only to improve the area but to deliver additional work and opportunities for the port, its stakeholders and users.

“We welcome a strategic approach and the future adoption of a masterplan and look forward to playing a role with our partners in this project going forward.”

The Draft Development Masterplan for the South Montrose Area is now available to view online at www.angus.gov.uk/MontroseMasterplan and details of the public consultation will be announced in the near future.