THE MONTROSE public is being asked for its views on proposals to improve the appearance of the town’s High Street.
The Town Centre Group formally launched its consultation process last Friday, backed by a £10,000 award from Angus Council’s ward-based funding to finance the scheme’s first phase.
This includes new seating, litter bins, planters and information boards of complementing designs and in a new “corporate colour” for the town. The mermaid lamps, which were installed on the High Street before Christmas, have been left in their base coat colour as they will also be painted in the new colour scheme.
The group, comprising members of the Montrose Society, Montrose Heritage Trust, Montrose Community Council, the area partnership and the YM as well as local residents and councillors, hopes as many of the public as possible will have their say during the consultation exercise.
Councillor David May said the proposals have been drawn up after months of work to make the town’s main thoroughfare more attractive to locals and visitors, which would have a knock-on effect by boosting business for local shops.
He said: “The plans will be available this coming week, for viewing and for commenting on, in the YM, the local library and Montrose Academy. Our group has devised a short questionnaire and we hope as many people as possible will complete it by Saturday, February 11.
“The Town Centre Regeneration Group will then collate the responses and then decide how to take this forward.”
The £10,000 funding was rubber-stamped last week by the council’s infrastructure services committee, part of an £80,000 allocated by finance spokesman Mark Salmond through the authority’s budget-setting with £10,000 for community projects in each council ward.
The project’s second phase will be the addition of planters and information boards while phase three will include the replacement of the railings outside Montrose Library and Castle Place.
Funding options for the second and third part of the project are currently be explored.
Councillor Salmond this week said: “The group is seeking the views of the public on issues such as the proposed colour schemes, litter bins and seating as those we presently have are badly needing upgraded.
“We hope that the proposals will help to create more of a corporate appearance which we believe will enhance our High Street and be welcomed by shoppers.
“Funding of £10,000 has recently been agreed and this will help to fund phase one of the project and our group has further ideas of improvements to our town.
“So far the group’s first success was the installation of the mermaid lamps and we also supported the viewing points at the railway station.”