Call for civic pride in Forfar town centre

“LET’S make Forfar a place to be proud of - and make it look good.”

That was just one of the comments left on the Forfar Dispatch’s Facebook page following our article last week about about the appearance of the Royal Hotel in the town centre, and a call by Forfar Community Council chairman Isobel Ross for some “good housekeeping” in the town centre.

Via Facebook we asked if our readers thought more could be done to tidy up Forfar - and they didn’t hold back.

LeeAnne Davidson said other towns were “all clean and tidy. Beautiful at Christmas with the lights etc. Just so much more well looked after.”

Calls were made to tidy up the dogs’ mess in Forfar, as well as the Abbeygate and the factory in South Street.

Heather Murray commented: “Forfar used be a lovely place many years ago, but it isn’t now. There is an awful lot of things that need to be done to bring the place up to a respectable standard. When you look at other towns they are far better looked after than Forfar. Forfar is the principle town of Angus but you wouldn’t think of it, and for it being a Royal Burgh it’s really a disgrace!”

Christine Gibson felt “lots more could be done to tidy up Forfar.” She said: “I have been in Pitlochry today and it was so busy with tourists. Every shop and restaurant were full. Beautiful floral arrangements everywhere. Came back through Forfar on way home and it was deserted! Something wrong somewhere. After all this is our market town.”

John-Paul Bell identified a number of areas which could be improved.

He wrote: “If you want to improve Forfar: persuade whoever owns the Royal to flatten it and build something non-horrific in its place; flatten the Abbeygate and put a park or something in its place and flatten that old factory on South Street and build flats or whatever.”

However, Stuart Craigon commented: “It’s not Forfar that’s the problem it’s the economy. People just don’t have a disposable income anymore.”

Pauline Wood hit out at the lack of maintenance and weed control, stating weeds were “spouting out between kerbs, around blocks of flats, car parks and play parks.”

She said: “There used to be a man who went round with weed-killer in a tank on his back, spraying all the weeds, which killed them off. Again, just the council to blame. Just a mess!”

She added play parks were not being maintained and were just left to “get tatty until it’s fit for the scrap heap.” “The council has cut back in the wrong departments. Let’s make Forfar a place to be proud of, and make it look good.”

When asked to comment on the issues raised a spokesperson for Angus Council said: “Our parks and cemetery grounds throughout Angus are maintained on a regular basis and we also help to enhance our towns with floral displays, such as the one currently outside the Reid Hall. Play equipment is unfortunately vandalised at times but we make the necessary repairs, and replace equipment when budgets allow.

“Difficulties obtaining a competitive weed control price meant that weed killing started later in Angus than anticipated. We are checking the situation currently with regard to the need for further selective treatment.

“We remind dog-walkers that they should clean up after their pets and that bagged fouling should be disposed of properly in one of the designated bins, in any litter bin, or in their own household waste bins. Fixed penalty notices can be issued to people who do not clean up after their pets. Dog waste bags are available from council ACCESS offices at modest cost.”