Residents voice car parking concerns

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Some residents in Friockheim are claiming a developer has reneged on a promise to build a car park before its housing development.

Guild Homes (Tayside) Ltd is building 80 new houses at a site adjacent to Gardyne Street.

To allow for the development, Guild Homes told the Herald last year 13 parking spaces on Gardyne Street would be lost but the firm would form a brand new car park adjacent to the street, creating 34 spaces, including three disabled spaces.

Speaking in April 2015, Mark Guild told the Herald: “The first phase of 40 homes is expected to take about a year, realistically, and the landscaping and car park will be formed in advance of the works, so they’ll gain the new spaces before they lose any of the old ones.”

One resident, who did not wish to be named, claimed Mr Guild has “broken his promise” as his firm has begun development on the homes, including removing the 13 parking spaces on Gardyne Street, before the new car park has been built.

The resident continued: “When they started the work we were promised consultation and we haven’t had any consultation. Why is the car park not being built? What is the reason?”

Another resident told us: “It’s affecting business because no one can stop because they can’t park anywhere. It means there is no passing trade. If businesses don’t make any money they won’t be here when they finish. We are calling him to account for his pledge to the people of Friockheim that we would gain 34 parking spaces prior to the development. We haven’t had a net gain, we’ve had a net loss.”

An Angus Council spokesperson said: “Planning permission includes the provision of a car park that will be available for public use. Officers are aware that some concerns have been expressed and remain in dialogue with both local people and the developer, who has indicated the car park is likely to be formed within the next few weeks.”

A spokesman for Guild Homes (Tayside) Ltd, said: “Guild Homes are pleased to have commenced construction of the first phase of their new

housing development in Friockheim.

“Work has progressed over the past few months forming two new junctions on Gardyne Street together with the distributor roads and sewer network on the development.

“The first few houses have recently started to be erected with a number of them due to be occupied later this year.

“In addition to building the first 40 house phase, Guild Homes are providing a new car park on their development as part of their works and this together with the new junction nearest to the Co-Op will be opened for general use later this month, prior to occupancy of any home.”

The spokesman added: “During the above works to form the two new junctions for our development, BT have been carrying out carriageway works in Gardyne Street to install their Fibre network.

“Although we know this will be of benefit to our new homeowners we wanted people to be aware that these works are being carried out for the people of Friockheim and the surrounding area and are of no result of the housing development.”

Parking in Friockheim will be raised at the village’s next community council meeting, which takes place on Wednesday at the Friockheim Community Hub (FriockHub) at 7.30pm.

Representatives from Guild Homes will be attending the meeting.

Residents of the village and Angus Council officials are also being invited to attend.