Public input crucial to quay plan’s success

Pictured on a recent visit to the Community Quayside site are (left to right) Anna Hondzio and Roy Madden from Angus Council, Tony Sutton and David May from Montrose Heritage Trust, Kevin Robertson from Angus Council, Jim Raeper from Montrose Port Authority and Andrew Orr.
Pictured on a recent visit to the Community Quayside site are (left to right) Anna Hondzio and Roy Madden from Angus Council, Tony Sutton and David May from Montrose Heritage Trust, Kevin Robertson from Angus Council, Jim Raeper from Montrose Port Authority and Andrew Orr.

THE PUBLIC is being invited to comment on and submit ideas to Montrose Heritage Trust’s proposals to create a new public space in Wharf Street.

As revealed in last week’s Review, the trust is leading a funding bid to the Big Lottery Fund for the £100,000 project to landscape and improve a section of the waterfront between the Bamse statue and the site of the new lifeboat station.

The trust is also enlisting the support of Angus Council, Montrose Port Authority and the RNLI and worked with the local authority in 2006 to improve the area around the statue close to the South Esk bridge. At that time there were no funds available to continue the improvements along the whole waterfront.

Trust chairman Dr Andrew Orr said: “The Trust has always considered the Wharf Street quayside to be ‘unfinished business’. It has been sad to see the new railings and paved area end so abruptly, and the water frontage effectively chained off from public access. With the new RNLI station being built it seems to be an ideal time to join everything together in a new panoramic public space for the community and visitors to enjoy.

“The new Community Spaces Scotland Fund is designed to help such projects and we intend to give every effort to securing money to fulfil our ambitions. We see this as being a very exciting proposal for the Royal Burgh”.

Key to a successful bid for funds is community involvement and Dr Orr has already made a presentation to Montrose Together. Southesk Primary School has also expressed interest in the project, with pupils to be asked to contribute ideas for an “external waterside classroom”.

There will be a public meeting when preliminary designs can be discussed and ideas expressed. Anyone who wishing to comment on the proposals can do so in writing to Montrose Heritage Trust, c/o 186 High Street, or online via the website www.bamsemontrose.co.uk.