In favour of one-way - only just!

THE introduction of the one-way system in Castle Street appears to have split the town, judging by our on-line poll.

Our websites - www.forfardispatch.co.uk and www.kirriemuir herald.co.uk - invited readers to vote on whether or not they were happy with the new one-way system - and the result was extremely close.

Of those who voted, 17 (53%) said they were happy with the new system, whilst 15 (47%) said they were not.

The new road lay-out allows motorists to travel southwards from Canmore Street up to the Cross, but diverts traffic travelling north away, re-directing it either around the Cross, along Myre Road or Queen Street.

The introduction of the system, which will be reviewed by Angus Council after one year, came in for some criticism from prominent Forfar business-man Alastair Cameron whose father, Alex Cameron, established his business in Castle Street in 1954.

Rather than inflict a one-way system on the town, Alastair stated better policing should have been used in the first place to clamp down on those who parked illegally, clogging up the town’s main artery and causing traffic congestion.

He called for the decision to be reversed to bring the “buzz” back to the town centre.

Commenting on our website, David Swan posted he thought the one-way system was an improvement in the town centre.

However, he suggested improvements could be made to the exit at the Myre Road onto Craig O’Loch Road with the introduction of a roundabout.