Councillors in harmony

WORK on the road surface of Paton’s Lane, so pot-holed as to resemble the surface of the moon, will begin in mid-January, says Councillor David May, who moved acceptance of the £26,000 scheme.

Montrose councillor Paul Valentine has welcomed the decision to take responsibility for Paton’s Lane.

He said: “This piece of ground is owned by the people of Montrose, through the Montrose Common Good. Angus Council would not take responsibility to repair it because it was not under their ownership.

“But the bus companies which serve the area were threatening to alter their routes to avoid using it.

“I was contacted regarding this in July and immediately spoke to the Head of Law and Administration at Angus Council.”

Commenting on the successful outcome, he said: “This is a good news story for Montrose, as it means that the £26,000 cost will be absorbed by Angus Council and not charged to the Montrose Common Good. Whilst I am happy to accept the credit for the work I did in seeing this come forward, it would be remiss of me not to acknowledge the part played by the other ward councillors and the support they gave to achieving this outcome.”

Councillor Mark Salmond was equally delighted with the authority’s decision.

He told us: “This has been a long drawn out issue over many years caused mainly over who has responsibility to repair and maintain this short stretch of road, trapped in the middle between two sections of adopted road.

“I congratulate the director of infrastructure services for providing the technical part of the solution and of course I wish to thank my own director, Colin McMahon, for providing the financial solution.

“This new road resurface will bring great benefits to the patients travelling to the Montrose Health Centre by bus, who have endured a rocky ride for many months. The residents of the local sheltered housing complex will also notice a big difference once the road is upgraded.”