Measures taken to protect Montrose’s coastline

Geddes Contractors Ltd., has been hired to transport tonnes of sand to areas of Montrose Veach that are under threat from erosion
Geddes Contractors Ltd., has been hired to transport tonnes of sand to areas of Montrose Veach that are under threat from erosion

As the busy summer season starts the main and disabled access to Montrose Beach is still closed off due to erosion.

The wooden ramp, which is the disabled access to Montrose Beach, was damaged by the winter storms that swept across the UK.

However, measures to project the coastline and repair the ramp have been put in place.

A study into the erosion at Montrose Bay has been carried out by Angus Council and the University of Dundee, and as a result tonnes of sand will be transported to areas of Montrose Beach that are under threat from erosion.

Geddes Contractors Ltd. has been hired to undertake the work as part of the £22,000 scheme.

The Review understands that contractors are due to start next week to repair the ramp and work is expected to take one to two weeks.

A council spokesperson said: “Following the studies carried out by the University of Dundee and Angus Council which looked at the ongoing erosion within Montrose Bay, a trial is being been undertaken to protect the toe of the dunes, utilising sand excavated from mounds of sand out on the foreshore.

“Sand fencing will then be reinstated along this frontage to allow the sand to build up behind the dunes and re-vegetate.

“The works are currently being carried out by Geddes Contractors Ltd., and the approximate cost of the works is £22,000. Works are expected to take one to two weeks to complete.”

Vice convener of the council’s communities committee, councillor Jeanette Gaul said: “I’m delighted that the works have commenced. I was very encouraged by the ideas being put forward at the stakeholder meeting on April 30 to manage the erosion at Montrose Beach.”

Councillor Bill Duff said: “Its good see Angus Council’s work on defending the beach at Montrose is now underway. Appropriate licences have been obtained to allow movement of sand on the beach to backfill the dunes. The fencing damaged by the winter storms will be replaced.

“Already an agreement has been brokered to deposit a proportion of the sand dredged from the harbour channel at the edge of the beach. This has been labelled and sand movement will be tracked.

“Hopefully, these measures recommended by Dundee University scientists will help us work with nature and maintain the situation and protect the golf course.

He added: “I understand work on the disabled access ramp will start next week.”

There is access to Montrose Beach near GlaxoSmithKline on Cobden Street, but members of Montrose Community Council raised the issue at their last meeting that only locals would know this.

The community body suggested that if the main access to the beach is to be closed off signs should be erected directing people to other routes to access it.

The coastal path at Esk Road, which was also damaged by the winter storms, is still closed off as well.

A council spokesperson said: “We have carried out a survey of the area and established the various landowners.

“We carried out the survey to establish responsibilities for the path, which includes private landowners, and other organisations.

“The options for remediation are being considered by the council after discussions with these stakeholders.”