The Montrose Together Partnership has set up a civic pride sub-group to look at improving the amenity levels in the town centre.
The initial focus of attention is the many closes that run off the High Street.
Frequent complaints had been made by Montrose residents about the mess and rubbish left in some closes.
Many were so unappealing that the people of Montrose have avoided using them.
Standard Close, which is situated beside Servite House on the west side of the High Street, has been tidied up with the weeds and overhanging branches removed to make the area look more inviting.
The close is un-adopted which means that is no regular cleaning service provided by the Angus Council.
Three of the adopted closes in the town have now been painted by the Civic Pride Group.
These is Trades Close which leads from the High Street to the William Lamb Studio, Railway Close and Park Close.
Funds for the supply of the paint were provided by the Montrose Partnership with labour being supplied by Angus Council’s criminal justice team.
The group is pleased with the initial progress made but conscious that much more needs to be done to improve the centre of our town.
Commenting on the situation, Councillor Bill Duff said: “This is very much just a pilot project.
“We have shown what we can do with a small amount of money and some goodwill. What is needed now is more public support and funds to support further work in 2014. We are especially keen to get support from members of the town centre business community.
“Anyone who wishes to assist in any way can contact me by e-mailing firstname.lastname@example.org or by telephoning 01674 830334.”
Back in August, angry townsfolk were calling for the council and police to do something about the state of the ‘closie’ beside the former Dorothy Perkins shop.