Delay to new railings at library

Montrose Library
Montrose Library

Plans to restore Montrose Library to its former glory by erecting new railings on its boundary wall have been delayed.

Angus Council had hoped that the work would be completed by the end of March, but it has yet to commence.

An authority spokesperson confirmed that the local authority is looking to re-tender due to a lack of competitive bids for the original tender.

Montrose Together Partnership set out to bring back the library’s railings, which are believed to have been taken down during the Second World War to be melted down for military use.

The group submitted their plans to Angus Council, who consulted Historic Scotland, as the library is a listed building.

Historic Scotland approved the plans in December.

Peter Davies, chairman of Montrose Together Partnership, said: “I support the plans to put the railings back up at the library because it will return the building to the way it was intended to be and look.

“The new railings will look impressive.”

Mr Davies added that he has heard there have been objections from townsfolk to the railings returning.

Montrose Library, formally called Carnegie Free Library, opened its doors on October 19, 1905.

The majority of the cash for the building was gifted to the town by American philanthropist Andrew Carnegie.

There is no mention of railings in any historic books about the library. However, based on archived photographs, it is assumed that they were erected at the same time as the library’s boundary wall.

The Angus Council spokesperson confirmed that the authority us currently looking to issue a new tender in the coming months.