Roads continue to be priority

INVESTMENT in the county’s road network will continue to be a priority for Angus Council as it prepares its annual budget, the authority’s infrastructure services convener has said.

Speaking ahead of Thursday’s budget meeting, Councillor David May said that more money will be made available for maintenance and the roads department will press ahead with programmed improvement works.

He said: “Residents told us quite clearly during the budget consultation that they didn’t want to see any slowing down in road maintenance. So despite finances being tight we are not proposing any reduction in the maintenance budget this year.

“In fact we have reviewed our savings proposals and, just as we have in all of our previous budgets, we will be putting more money in the pot for maintenance. Further investment in the roads infrastructure will also be delivered through the capital programme this year.

“For example work will start next week on the £2.1 million realignment on the A92 at Hawkhill and Courthill bends, known locally as Big Tree bends. Also this month work totalling almost £400,000 will get underway, to realign the A935 Brechin to Montrose road at West Broomley and Balwyllo.

“I am delighted to see these important and much anticipated projects coming to fruition as they will contribute to the overall safety of these rural routes.”