Clean-up call for Kirrie Den

Collapsed stretches of bank along the Gairie Burn are one of several problems that have been raised with Angus Council.
Collapsed stretches of bank along the Gairie Burn are one of several problems that have been raised with Angus Council.

The Den in Kirriemuir should renamed “The Dump”, according to a local resident who has raised concerns about the local beauty spot’s current condition.

Blockages in the Gairie Burn, potholes in paths, overgrown trees and leaking drains all feature on the list compiled by Sharon Prentice who this week said that complaints about maintenance lodged with Angus Council have yet to be taken up.

She added that while the area had suffered due to flooding and heavy rainfall, which would make some of the required work difficult, complaints had been lodged over a number of years.

A particular problem has been continuing problem has been the collapse of some of the banks along the Gairie Burn, leading to some under-cutting, not helped by stones being levered out by local youngsters.

Mrs Prentice’s latest contact with the council came after she slipped on wet leaves on a path leading down into The Den.

She said: “I contacted the council and lodged an insurance claim, which was unsuccessful, but the leaves were removed a day or two after I reported it and one dog walker said they’d never seen that area so clean.

“The council must have some kind of liability so they should put up some kind of warning signs until it’s dealt with.”

A council spokesman said that the den, in common with other areas in the county. has been seriously affected by the recent severe weather.

He said: “We would urge people to take appropriate care near open water. We are aware of flood damage to the Gairie burn and surrounds and will prioritise works once the water recedes. Branches and debris are being cleared on a priority basis with resources allocated accordingly.

“We will be arranging further checks of the area to ensure it is safe.”