Our readers like brightly coloured shop fronts

IN LAST week’s Montrose Review we put to readers the question of whether or not coloured shop fronts in Murray Street were a good or a bad thing.

Our question was prompted when we learned that there had been complaints to Angus Council about a shop at the north end of the street, whose new tenant had painted the frontage bright green.

The grounds of the complaints were that the shop is in a conservation area, and that the colour is inappropriate.

We included photographs of other shops in Murray Street with bright or variously coloured frontages, and commented that we believed there were no outstanding issues about the existing colour schemes.

A number of comments have now reached us.

Ron Campbell handed in a photocopy of our page with the comment: “Bright and cheerful.”

James Taylor e-mailed: “I think the shop is cheerful and welcoming, and brightens up the street.”

Steven Morrison went much further, and not only praised the brightly coloured shops, but suggested we direct our attention to areas of the conservation area which are not being conserved.

Mr Morrison wrote: “I feel compelled to respond to your article in the Montrose Review dated December 20.

“I believe the shops targeted in the picture collage bring some bright cheer to a very uninviting town centre, what with empty shops, shops that have never seen a lick of paint for years, not to mention Cobblers Quay, it is an absolute disgrace right in the middle of the conservation area.

“It is interesting that ‘conservation area’ is being put forward to add weight to the argument of the disgruntled. Does anyone ever look up at the roof tops? If they did they would see all manner of vegetation growing in the gutters and chimney tops - even the beginning of small trees.

“There are many things that upset me when walking in Montrose town centre; shops displaying their goods on tables on the pavements making life difficult for pedestrians to pass, the piles of cigarette ends on the pavements outside the pubs, litter, dog mess, etc.

“Perhaps your photographer was selective when taking the pictures, missing out the real mess of the town centre.”

At time of going to press, nobody who had responded had criticised the brightly and variously coloured shop fronts.