Safety fears for children in Borrowfield

Concerns have been raised about the rising water levels at Borrowfield Pond.
Concerns have been raised about the rising water levels at Borrowfield Pond.

A Montrose resident has raised concerns about the rising water levels at a pond near a play park, saying it is “an accident waiting to happen”.

Tommy Stewart, a taxi driver in Montrose, has highlighted the potential safety issue about Borrowfield Pond, which appears to be flooding.

Tommy says he is concerned as the body of water is situated near a local play park and has asked Angus Council if it can fence off the area.

The authority said the high water levels are due to a blockage.

Tommy said: “This is nothing short of an accident waiting to happen.

“The way it’s going, it wont be long until it’s up and over Newhame Road.

“More importantly is, God forbid, if children who are playing nearby happen to wander down to retrieve a ball and fall in.

“At the very least the area should be secure.

“Making the area safe should be the number one priority, although when the council called me back the response was it was a huge area to fence off and no other pond in Angus is fenced off.

“The man also said fencing would only get vandalised.

“I’m disappointed at that.”

Tommy has also called for the local councillors to do something about the pond.

An Angus Council spokesperson said: “We are aware of the high water levels at Borrowfield Pond and are working to address the problem, which is due to a blockage in the culvert.

“In the meantime the affected area has been cordoned off and warning signs have been put in place.”