Only a few days left to have your say on plans

CONSULTATION on improvement plans for Montrose High Street is due to close this Saturday after a “good response” on the proposals.

The first phase of the High Street Regeneration Group’s scheme 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 launched its consultation last month.

Group member David May this week encouraged the public to take advantage of the last few days, view the plans and lodge their comments.

He said: “We hope that people who have not so far responded will take the opportunity to look at the plans and do so as Saturday is the last day of the consultation and we want to have as high a return to the questionnaire as possible.

“The Town Centre Regeneration Group will collect and then collate the responses before deciding on how to take this forward and we hope to have changes made as soon as possible so that our town’s main thoroughfare will be more attractive to locals and visitors, which would have a knock-on effect by boosting business for local shops.”

The plans can be viewed in the YM, the local library and Montrose Academy, where they have been lodged for pupils to also have their day.

The project’s first phase has been backed by a £10,000 award from Angus Council’s ward-based funding pot of £80,000 which was rubber-stamped at the January meeting of the council’s infrastructure services committee.

The money was allocated by finance spokesman Mark Salmond through the authority’s budget-setting with £10,000 set aside 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.

The regeneration group has also turned its attention to Montrose Station and, together with Scotrail and the Scottish Wildlife Trust, recently installed viewing points to highlight to visitors and local people Montrose Basin’s international importance for a huge number of species including migratory colonies of pink-footed geese and red knot.

The scheme was part of a wider plan to improve the station’s environment for visitors and local people.