Kirriemuir community councillors are on a collision course with Historic Scotland over its refusal to allow the High Street’s granite setts to be replaced.
At their recent meeting, members heard that Angus Council is due to begin a 10-week road repair programme in the town centre, part of which will involve lifting, reconditioning and re-laying the setts.
The community councillors felt, however, that the current road surface is not fit for purpose and should be replaced with tarmac as a cheaper and less disruptive option, but the heritage body has stipulated that the setts, in the heart of the town’s conservation area, should stay.
Douglas Hill, from the council’s roads department, said that the scheme will involve resurfacing works in Glengate and St Malcolm’s Wynd as well as re-laying the High Street setts.
But members were unhappy that the option of removing them altogether had not been put to them. They were also horrified that the High Street part of the scheme could cost around £120,000.
Dave Milne, chairman said: “There seems to be a feeling around the table that we should just do away with them and lay tar. My concern is it’s going to take 10 weeks, is it going to last and how much would be saved if we ripped the cassies out and put tar down.”
Mr Hill explained that options, drawn up in consultation with the town’s three councillors, had been put to Historic Scotland, but had been turned down.
He said: “I’m happy to go back to our conservation people and ask them to approach Historic Scotland to find out if there are any other options.”
Councillor Ronnie Proctor sought and was given an assurance that other elements of the project could go ahead in the event of a delay.