Mixed feelings over one-way

THE ONE-WAY system in Castle Street continues to divide opinion.

As Angus Council collate information gathered during a year long consultation we took to the streets to find out how Forfarians and business owners are finding the situation.

Of those asked, opinion seemed to be an even split between those in favour of the one-way system and those who would like to see it reverted back to a two-way system.

Mike Small, a Castle Street businessman, said: “I’m in favour of it but we had been told originally that the street would be re-lined and parking spaces put in place for people to stop and shop.

“Other than that I think the street works fine now and it’s easier for lorries to stop and do deliveries.”

Next door, Dennis Fenton at ‘The Toy Castle’ agreed: “I think the one-way system is excellent and it has really helped the flow of traffic.”

Across the street, Alistair Cameron would prefer the system went back to how it was. He said: “The street doesn’t have the same feel as it used to.

“If we knew what the council’s intentions were with parking then it would be better. We will just have to wait and see what the Council’s decision is.”

Asif Yaqoob of Ali’s Newsagents was very vocal about how he felt the system had affected his business. He said: “I do not like it at all and there are plenty reasons why not.

“I have customers who used to come in a lot but now I don’t see them for months and months because it is so hard for them to stop outside the shop.

“I depend a lot on passing trade and it has really affected my business.

“Deliveries are very hard now and my newspapers are now later than they were now that we are at the end of the one-way system.”

He added: “I think the best thing they can do is add a public crossing somewhere on the one-way system.”

Postman Stewart Duncan also preferred the two-way system, he said: “It’s much less convenient now - especially when I’m doing deliveries. I liked it better when I could go straight through.”

Carol Skea liked the one-way system better, she said: “I like it now. It’s much easier for crossing, especially when you have kids.”

George Millar agreed that the new system made the street feel safer. He said: “It’s okay, I think it’s better since it changed and now it’s much easier to get across the road.”

Shirley Campbell added: “I think the good outweighs the bad - there is much less congestion now.”

A spokesperson for Angus Council said: “The test year has now concluded and we are currently in the process of collating the information, The findings will be reported to committee before the end of the year.”