THE FIRST items of new street furniture have appeared on the High Street as the initial phase of the main thoroughfare’s regeneration gets under way.
Planters in the new Montrose ‘corporate colour’ of maroon and gold have been placed prominently next to the Ball House car park and new litter bins and seating will also be put in position over the next few weeks. The aim is to have the first phase completed before the summer tourist season.
Councillor David May, who is on the High Street Regeneration Group, said he is pleased to see the scheme begin after months of planning and discussion.
He said: “We had thought about trees along that section to give the street a greener appearance but the public utilities underneath the pavement made that impossible. I’m still delighted that the scheme has started.”
The project’s first phase will provide new seating, litter bins, planters, information boards and the re-siting of the old mermaid lamp standards, all in the new colour scheme, while the second phase will include additional planters and information boards. Phase three includes the replacement of the railings outside Montrose Library.
The street furniture’s new colour scheme was chosen during the public consultation phase launched by the regeneration group in January last year and which received a positive response from Montrosians of all ages.
Mr May continued: “I’ve also been talking to some residents who have been pointing out areas of the High Street that could do with improvement, some of which are privately owned and some owned by property companies.
“The council is making contact to try to get improvements made. The other thing that has come up is the amount of chewing gum on the pavements. There is a way to remove that and I’m trying to get that done before the start of the tourist season.
Funding for the scheme has been helped by an Angus Council grant of £40,000 as well as £10,000 from the authority’s £80,000 ward-based funding pot, which was agreed at last year’s budget.