Balmashanner repair work

WORK to repair the Balmashanner War Memorial is turning out to be more detailed than first expected, with additional funds being requested from the Forfar Common Good Fund, writes Janet Thomson.

Scaffolding continues to shroud the memorial as £90,000 worth of “necessary” or “desirable” work is carried out on the bartisan or “turret”. This initial work, which began last summer, was funded by the Forfar Common Good Fund.

A spokesperson for Angus Council has confirmed additional work has been identified.

She said: “Following further detailed site surveys and investigations the condition of the monument has been found to be in a somewhat poorer condition than anticipated. Additional work has been identified to stabilise the structure and provide long term durability of the building fabric. Work continues and approval for the additional works and funding from the Forfar Common Good Fund are currently being sought.”

The war memorial is a Forfar Common Good Fund property and therefore responsibility for these works rests with the fund. Last year the council drew up a £200,000 repair programme on the Balmashanner War Memorial and minor “urgent” repairs totalling £120,000 at Peel monument in Forfar cemetery.