Delay to avoid peak period

ROADWORKS scheduled to begin at Traill Drive on Easter Monday have been delayed to avoid the holiday weekend.

The main access route to the beachfront, the resurfacing works would have meant the road’s closure for three weeks between the Golf Professional’s shop and the beachfront Splash playpark.

Local councillor Mark Salmond said he had “intervened” after seeing Angus Council’s proposed road closure notice due to the potential impact on visitors to the town over the Easter weekend.

He said: “The Splash park area at Montrose beach front is a very popular area for locals and visitors alike and I was horrified that the roads department were proposing to close the access road to traffic from the golf clubs to the beach car park on Easter Monday, a national holiday.

“This proposal could have had serious effects on the business of the Beach Cafe and could have affected Easter tourism in Montrose.

“What concerned me further was when I asked if the businesses in the area had been consulted about the April 9 closure, I was told that they had not.”

A council spokeswoman said this week that access to the beachfront would have been maintained from the Marine Avenue end of Traill Drive and that the roads department had attempted to contact business owners.

She said: “We planned to undertake the work in Traill Drive to have it completed for golfing celebrations and the bulk of summer activities at the front, and ahead of the work, had made efforts to contact local businesses as is our usual practice. We were unable to make contact with the proprietor of the beach front café until recently but have now done so.

“However, following representations from various parties, we have agreed to move the start date of the work back until April 16 and will open the road at weekends to allow visitors easy access.”