Regeneration proposals on display

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AN EXHIBITION detailing proposals for the multi-million pound regeneration of the south Montrose area is being mounted in the town this week.

The event, organised by Angus Council, will be held at the George Hotel today (Thursday) between 10am and 8pm and will give local people the opportunity to discuss the draft document with council officers.

A strategic review of the South Montrose area has highlighted regeneration opportunities which the council claims have the potential to significantly benefit the county and the wider area.

The exhibition is part of a public consultation on the scheme launched recently by the local authority.

Commissioned by the council and its partners GlaxoSmithKline (GSK), Montrose Port Authority, Scottish Enterprise and TACTRAN (Tayside and Central Scotland Transport Partnership), the report focuses 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 at the harbour, GSK itself through new product development and investment, support services for offshore renewable energy scheme and industry development to stimulate regeneration.

The project also has the potential to create construction industry jobs as well as 205 permanent jobs with collective annual salaries worth around £7.2 million.

Montrose Councillor David May this week urged as many local people as possible to view the exhibition and the draft scheme.

He said “This draft masterplan outlines some exciting opportunities for Montrose and Angus and I would urge local people to view the masterplan and give us their feedback on the proposals.

“There is also the opportunity to go online at South Montrose - Regeneration where the masterplan and further information can be viewed”

Copies of the draft document are also available to view at Montrose Library and Montrose Access Office.

Comments can be submitted electronically at southmontrose@angus.gov.uk or sent to Montrose Masterplan, Planning & Transport, Angus Council, County Buildings, Market Street, Forfar DD8 3WB. The deadline for responses is Friday, October 28.