Bank liaising with council on programme of repairs

The Bank of Scotland is currently carrying out repairs to its Kirriemuir branch.

The Bank of Scotland is currently carrying out repairs to its Kirriemuir branch.

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The Bank of Scotland has been accused of “wanton vandalism” as it carries out repairs to its branch in the centre of Kirriemuir.

A Kirriemuir resident contacted the Dispatch and Herald recently to complain about the restoration of the front of the building, which is within the town’s conservation area.

The bank recently lodged an application with Angus Council to carry out external repairs to the frontage of its Bank Street building, including the application of a lime render finish.

But the resident, who wished to remain anonymous, said the work so far had been unsympathetic.

He said: “It’s probably one of the finest stone buildings in Kirrie and they’ve taken what looks like a road drill to cut the face off the front of the building. It’s an ashlar front, built in 1865 originally for the Bank of Glasgow; it’s a wanton act of vandalism.

“While the bank did a sensitive job on its building in Dundee recently, this isn’t.”

A spokeswoman this week confirmed that the bank is working closely with the council regarding the repairs.

She added: “As the building is listed and in a Conservation Area, we have lodged various applications for consents with the council planning department, including Listed Building Consent. We are liaising closely with the Conservation Architect and council planning department to agree an acceptable course of repair work. We apologise to customers for any inconvenience caused.”

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