Landslips trip up Rossie walkers

Signs clearly warn of danger ahead.
Signs clearly warn of danger ahead.

Keen walkers in Montrose are concerned that a pathway around Rossie Island is still closed due to naturally occuring landslides.

The popular basin-side walkway has fallen away in several places near to the Rossie Bridge leaving the path unpredictable and potentially dangerous.

Councillor David May has walked there many times in the past and is aware the path has fallen into disrepair.

He said: “I’ve been in touch with the Council and there appears to be no immediate funding available to carry out the work.

“They are looking at an action plan to see what can be done about the pathway. They don’t just want to patch the bad area as that will only move the problem further up the path. They want it to be done properly.”

He explained: “As there is an issue with the access to houses on the basin road this has become a matter of urgency.

“I have spoken to one of the roads engineers and he is presently working on the proposals which he will be presenting to a meeting with some local residents in early autumn.”

The route around Rossie is particularly beautiful with incredible views of the basin wildlife.

Normally well used by families the path has now been undermined by the action of the high tide and there are areas where the path remains without any supporting base.

The scenic route crosses private property in places.

One local walker, Pam Nichol of Montrose said: “It’s been a favourite walk for generations of my family, the erosion and damage to the path has gone on for too long now. I’m hoping something will be done to reinstate the path soon.”

There are clear signs to explain the safety hazard and barricades in place to prevent access but the situation looks to be permanent for at least the next few months.

The path had been closed after it was noted by Councillor May that one particular visually-impaired resident might be in danger if attempting the walk.

An alternative route is given as via Rossie Island Road.