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New £3.4m access road will go ahead

A new �3.4 million spine road will improve access to Montrose port, GSK and the wider port area. Photo courtesy of Montrose Port Authority.

A new �3.4 million spine road will improve access to Montrose port, GSK and the wider port area. Photo courtesy of Montrose Port Authority.

A £3.4 million access road for the south side of Montrose has been approved by Angus councillors.

The South Montrose Spine Road will create a new connection between Hill Street, River Street and Ferry Street.

It is part of the South Montrose Regeneration Project and will include improvements to existing roads, as well as the creation of new ones.

A warehouse and a house on River Street and a garage building on Ferry Street will be demolished to allow for the construction of a new section of the roadway linking River Street with Ferry Street.

As well as new road sections, footways will also be developed.

Angus councillors approved the spine road at a meeting last Tuesday (March 11).

Montrose Liberal Democrat councillor David May said: “I am delighted that planning permission has been granted for the proposed spine road, as it will improve access to Montrose Port, GlaxoSmithKline (GSK) and the wider port area, making the site a more attractive and viable investment proposition and will be a boost to jobs in our area.”

He added: “It will give even more opportunity to take advantage of off shore wind developments.”

This is the latest injection of cash into the south side of Montrose.

In November, pharmaceutical giants GSK announced a £25 million investment into their Montrose plant, creating 25 new jobs.

Scottish Enterprise backed the investment by awarding Angus Council £1.5 million to improve the access to the Cobden Street site and its surrounding area.

This was on top of the £2.7 million already ring-fenced by the local authority.

Before any works can start on the new access road, a Level 1 archaeological standing building survey of the extant structures must be carried out by an archaeological organisation.

 

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