Residents praise property developer

Residents of Lord Lyell Drive, Kirriemuir wee delighetd to get the help of developer Mark Guild and his team to shovel the snow from the road. Residents Kathryn McEwen and Grahame Donaldson are seen with Mark Guild.
Residents of Lord Lyell Drive, Kirriemuir wee delighetd to get the help of developer Mark Guild and his team to shovel the snow from the road. Residents Kathryn McEwen and Grahame Donaldson are seen with Mark Guild.

A DELIGHTED reader contacted the Dispatch and Herald to praise a local property developer’s efforts in clearing the recent heavy snow.

Mark Guild, the Managing Director of Guild Homes Tayside Ltd, was praised by Kathryn McEwan and her partner, and other residents, who stay in the Lord Lyell Drive development in Kirriemuir.

The recent heavy snow over the past few days had made it very difficult for the residents to keep moving as normal but Mr Guild has had men working overtime, day and night to clear the roads at Lord Lyell Drive, at his expense, while 118 homes out of the 120 in Lord Lyell Drive are all paying full council tax and receiving a limited service from the council.

Kathryn said: “We have not had our roads gritted or cleared at all and our grit bins have only ever been filled the once. Angus Council is not willing to acknowledge the fact we are all paying full council tax and not receiving a full service whereas Mr Guild has been absolutely fantastic, is always available to speak to day, night or weekend and I would like him to be recognised in the community for all his hard work as it is greatly appreciated.”

She added: “The situation with the council isn’t great. I contacted them to refill the grit bins on Saturday, January 19, via the website and was told they were too busy!”

Mr Guild, who had been out until 10.30 p.m. some nights, said: “Our customers are very important to us and since the council seem to make rules to suit themselves I am quite happy to provide a service for no money. It was no bother.

“It is very disappointing that the council hide behind their rules rather than worry about those who employ them.

“You just don’t take council tax money and do nothing with it.”

Mr Guild has so far spent several thousand pounds on the purchase and spreading of salt.

A letter which was sent out to the residents at Lord Lyell Drive from Mark Guild said: “We would also like to take this opportunity to point out to you that whilst we are helping you as a gesture of good will, you are paying full council tax, you are already paying Angus Council to provide this snow clearing and gritting service.

“They are simply choosing not to provide the service to you as they will say the road is not yet fully adopted.

“The public roadway is practically complete with the exception of the top coat of tarmacadam and is suitable for being gritted and snow ploughed as we have clearly demonstrated.

“There is no practical reason for Angus Council not providing you with a gritting and snow ploughing service.

“Angus Council will argue they cannot provide the service as your public roadway is not adopted. We would simply point out that has not stopped them gritting and snowploughing the public roadway in front of their new council offices during at least the past five years while the road was not adopted!”

When asked about the situation on Friday a spokesperson for Angus Council said: “The crews are this week dealing with residual snow where it remains an issue in side streets or more remote areas of the county. We are grateful to the public who helped us by clearing and gritting the small side streets and pavements.

“We deal as soon as possible with requests to refill grit bins, but inevitably the heavy snowfalls last week stretched our resources: thanks for your patience. If your local grit bin needs replenished, please call ACCESS Line 08452 777 778. Please visit the Winter Watch section of the council website at www.angus.gov.uk for further information.

“The road at this development is not finished. The final surface and other issues have still to be addressed by the developer. The road will not be adopted by the council until it is brought up to the required standard, and until such time the developer is responsible for its maintenance.”