PAINTERS working on behalf of Angus Council have been accused by an Inch Terrace resident of having destroyed a significant number of flowers and other plants with scaffolding.
Mr Dave Dakers, a part-time worker at St Cyrus Nature Reserve, told the Review that roses and a vine had been destroyed.
He added: “Ironically, they left behind an empty drinks bottle, as well as a paint pot and brushes.”
Mr Dakers said he has permission from Angus Council to maintain an area owned by them, including trimming roses and adding more flowers.
He said he would be pursuing the council and painters, whom he believed are based in Dundee, to pay for the damage done. Mr Dakers had contacted the painters’ employers and says he was promised a return ‘phone call, but that has not happened.
He is quoted as saying that Angus Council has asked him for a list of plants, etc., damaged, and an estimate of their value.
In addition to plants, a bucket used as a water butt was also damaged.
An Angus Council spokeswoman confirmed that the council was carrying out painting work “to enhance and maintain our housing stock in Montrose.”
She continued: “We don’t comment on individual cases, but scaffolding is used for safety and convenience of those carrying out the work, and is always placed to avoid plants where possible.
“We are happy to talk to individuals about any concerns they have regarding work being undertaken at their homes, and they should contact us at the council’s ACCESSLine, telephone 0845 777 778.”