Heritage body Historic Scotland has come under fire from Kirriemuir Community Council over retention of granite setts on the town’s main street.
At their recent meeting, members were angered that Angus Council has been told to keep the setts as part of its forthcoming road repair programme for the town centre.
Part of the scheme - which is set to cost around £120,000 - involves lifting and relaying the setts.
The community councillors have criticised the condition of the setts for years as not fit for purpose and felt robbed at the loss of what they felt was an opportunity to get rid of them or reach a compromise solution.
Douglas Hill from the roads department explained that, as the setts are in the heart of the conservation area, the matter was referred to the council’s conservation officer who was obliged to consult Historic Scotland.
He also pointed out, however, that several options drawn up in conjunction with the town’s three Angus councillors were also put forward.
Member Heather Kelly called for Historic Scotland to listen directly to the people of the town.
She said: “Kirrie people should put forward their opinion too and why hasn’t it been put out there to have or not have these cobbles?
“No-one likes them, people are tripping over them and the contractors made a hash of them when they were laid. They should have been done again at the time.
“Bring Historic Scotland here to listen to what the public think.”