Common Good asset could rob fund for repairs

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THE POTHOLES on the well-used one-way section of Paton’s Lane, between the health centre and Christie’s Lane, are deep and treacherous.

And the difficulty over repairs lies in the fact that the section in question is an asset of the Montrose Common Good Fund, which derives no income or benefit from it.

Now local SNP councillor Paul Valentine has called on his fellow elected members in the burgh to come together and finally resolve the issue with this small stretch of road.

He told us: “There is a small area of ground currently held on the Montrose Common Good Account which is in urgent need of repair while the rest of the route is adopted and thus maintained by Angus Council.

“This is a bizarre situation where Angus Council administers the Common Good Fund but is also the roads authority.

“We therefore have the council asking the council, under the auspices of the Common Good Fund, to pay for the repair at this small section of Paton’s Lane.

“But this is a road which is well used and its repair should not be held up because councillors are unsure of what to do. We must get the information we need and take decisive action.”

He is reluctant for Angus Council simply to adopt the road, because that would reduce the Common Good Fund’s assets.

Councillor Valentine has written to the legal department at Angus Council seeking confirmation of the options that are open to Montrose Common Good Fund, including the possible sale of the ground or even the lease of the ground to Angus Council.

He concluded: “I shall be seeking an early meeting with my colleagues when this information becomes available, so that the road repair can be progressed as soon as possible.”

Meanwhile, a Christie’s Lane resident of some three years has written to say that he has seen a deterioration of the road surface in Paton’s Lane, with no repairs having been done.

He continued: “There are about 15 pot holes in a 75-metre or so stretch of road and some of the holes are deep. I have noticed cars and buses having to slow right down to avoid damaging their suspension because of the depth of one or two of the holes.”