Plans now in place to repair popular Montrose path

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Walkers may once again be able to enjoy a popular Montrose coastal path, which has been closed for most of the year due to erosion.

Plans are in place for work to start on repairing the path at Esk Road, which runs by Montrose Basin on Rossie Island, after it began to erode as a result of the storms last winter.

Following the adverse weather and rising sea levels, the path was closed in January on the grounds of safety.

However, this was only meant to be a temporary measure and it has taken a number of months for Angus Council to establish who owns the land, as although part of Esk Road is owned by the local authority, the path is not.

Montrose Councillor David May said: “Due to coastal erosion and the resultant safety concerns, the very popular coastal path along Esk Road has been closed, for many, many months.

“A number of people in the area have spoken to me about this, as it is a path much-used by local walkers and I have been regularly in touch with council officers for it to be re-opened.

“However, it has taken them time to establish ownership, as well as developing a coastal defence structure, which would provide increased protection against further erosion of land, and reduce the risks to the reinstated Core Path, as well as other local assets and infrastructure, including utilities and rail.”

He added: “The good news is that most of the planning of what is needed to reinstate the path has now been done, and the roads staff are now in the position of currently seeking formal consent from the statutory bodies and the landowner to carry out the proposed works.”

Angus Liberal Democrat campaigner Sanjay Samani said: “I back the hard work which has been put in by the council to reinstate the previous line of timber wall and path along the section affected by the erosion.

“Local walkers will be delighted when the coastal path finally re-opens as it is very popular and we will all be very thankful to the hard work put in by council staff to ensure this happens.”