Paton’s Lane upgrade agreed

residents in and around Paton’s Lane will have a smoother ride from now on after councillors agreed a £26,000 upgrade to a section of the road.

The decision, taken at last week’s full Angus Council meeting, also ensures that bus routes to the Links Health Centre will still include the one-way street. A combination of potholes, general deterioration since last winter and a lack of action by the council’s roads department was the final straw for bus operators who recently threatened to withdraw services due to the damage they said was happening to their vehicles.

Problems over the road’s maintenance arose, however, because the council only had responsibility for about three-quarters of its length. The rest was unadopted with ownership thought to reside with the town’s Common Good account.

At last week’s meeting, councillors unanimously agreed to follow the joint recommendation of corporate services director Colin McMahon and infrastructure services director Eric Lowson and approved the upgrade and the road’s full adoption for future maintenance.

The preferred option was moved by infrastructure services convener Councillor David May, who said it posed the potential for causing “huge difficulties and potential damage” for vehicles. Unless action was taken, it would deteriorate further and increase the risk of an accident or injury to road users.

He this week welcomed the decision.

He said: “It’s clear to me that this road has fallen into disrepair and would only have got worse if nothing was done and thereby risking an accident or potential injury to road users.

“In my view, given the level of public use and the need for public transport to the health centre, in this exceptional case it will mean that the road will brought up to an adoptable physical standard and would be maintained by the council in future.

“This will resolve a long-standing problem, ensure safe access to the Health Centre and retain an essential public transport service.”