Letters to the editor


As a New Road resident for a considerable number of years I must be missing something.

I can now see more of the Big Kirk than I ever have before, as well as St. John’s and, for me the architectural appeal of the new store is very much more acceptable than the grey bleakness of a derelict factory wall.

There is an old saying: “Fools and bairns should never look at half daen work”. The end result will prove that right.

Perhaps your correspondent has also failed to note a particular lack in the town centre. Have a good look. Not many cities or towns can boast of this lack - graffiti! They have it in plenty.

It is disparaging to speak of Forfar as the ‘wee toon’.

And there is no need for us to “regain” our reputation of being a nice friendly town - we have never lost it!

It seems that ASDA has far more confidence in the future of our town than your nameless correspondent.

We are not, and I hope will not ever be, the backwater he/she envisages.

Yours etc.,

Doug Nicol,



It was interesting to read the comments in last week’s edition of the person who walked around the ‘toon’ of Forfar.

The answer to the question, of how could the Council allow such an edifice is simply answered – publicly we were sold out for a set of traffic lights and two affordable houses.

In granting permission for this Meccano set like build the chair of the group stated and was quoted in ‘The Dispatch’, that the people of Letham would no longer have to go to Dundee to do their shopping – this in essence was the content of the ‘debate’. Now a bit like the Airlie Monument but without the structural beauty this cheap shop can be seen ‘fae a’ the airts’.

It was abundantly clear to anyone with sense that this preposterous idea would have a devastating effect on the town but since only one person with voting rights actually had knowledge of the town it was little wonder that the minimal opposition was swiftly over-ruled.

In addition, where exactly was the Community Council in all of this? They did not trouble to make representation at the planning meeting, their chairperson had previously indicated her thoughts and failed to offer any support to the people who had the foresight to see the inevitable consequences.

Many unanswered questions remain around this decision, for example –

What happened to the Strathmore Spring? It was clear to the observer that the stone from St James House was crushed, could it be that it was disposed of in the hole? Why are the licensing times much longer than the opening times told to the people attending the Public Consultation sessions?

Which of the ever changing plans for this development will actually come to fruition?

Sadly there is no surprise in the fact that the town of Forfar was not considered any more than the Forfarians by the county’s ruling fraternity as the previous author has indicated,

Yours etc.,

Miss Linda Robbie,



Once again our nationalist government revert to type by announcing a problem, fabricating or ignoring some of the facts to support their claims, then making rules regulations and laws to restrict the lives of the population.

I recall their attitude to the smoking ban ignoring the social and economic problems created by such legislation, while ignoring available technology, and alternatives.

I recall their reaction to imbibing with a tax system, while ignoring the national archaic attitudes regulating licensed premises.

The multiple committees covering the country using local government regulations to enforce personal attitudes.

Once again they have latched onto “sectarianism” as they call the hard attitude between different cultures and religion, within the country.

A fact based deep in the history of Scotland ever since John Knox attempted to replace Roman Catholicism with education.

Their approach to the problem seems illogical as such attitudes are not genetic but are indeed learned, either from home or at school.

Scotland does have separate educational establishments for Roman Catholic, and protestant which is the religion of the country.

However, while catholic schools proclaim their denomination over the portals of the building, protestant schools are referred to as “other denominations” so as to lessen the difference pupils form other religious backgrounds might feel.

I feel this situation is being ignored, the difference encouraged by government policy for separate religious schools.

The other fact being ignored is the change in attitudes of sporting bodies throughout the country, to encourage religious rituals on and around sporting venues particularly football grounds.

I refer to the practice of genuflection. A practice frowned upon as I recall, but now becoming common place.

Has the question even been considered whether those rituals offend or antagonise other denominations, in particular the indigenous protestant population.

I deplore discrimination of any kind, but worse is the ignorance or plain hypocrisy of government when avoiding the facts of our lives and experience. We the lesser population not party to the portals of power.

Yours etc.,

Alan Bell,