changes for Kirriemuir town centre

THE CENTRE of Kirriemuir could be facing some changes.

While the local authority is looking to keep the current traffic system within the centre as it is, some improvements will be made following a road traffic study.

It is proposed that the Glengate car park is changed from short stay to long stay in order to address the need for more space for vehicles.

Eric Lowson, director of infrastructure, said: “There is a need for additional long stay parking to accommodate vehicles which will be displaced from ground adjacent to School Wynd for which the Thrums Hotel has planning permission to develop as flats.”

The council is also looking to install cycle stands in each of the town centre car parks.

Mr Lowson said: “The study identified a shortage of cycle facilities within the town centre.

“Due to the narrow carriageways and footways within the town centre there is no scope to introduce cycle lanes or cycle tracks.

“However, this review proposes the provision of cycle stands at Bellies Brae, Tannage Brae, Glengate and Reform Street to encourage cycle use within the town.”

A number of dropped kerbs will either be provided or upgraded to improve accessibility for wheelchair users.

Additional pedestrian signing is also due to be put in place. Mr Lowson said: “Pedestrian signing, directing visitors from the town square to Barrie’s Birthplace and to the public toilet facilities in Reform Street car park were considered inadequate to guide them to their destination.

“The study proposes the provision of additional pedestrian signs on Bank Street at Manse Close and at the Bank Street/School Wynd junction to address this deficiency.”

Meanwhile, Angus Council is preparing to carry out a public consultation on the conservation area in the town.

Beginning on Monday, February 4, the six-week consultation will gather opinion from the public, community council and other stakeholders about the ‘Conservation Area Analysis and Design Guide’ and proposed amendments to the boundaries of the current conservation area.

Mr Lowson explained: “This appraisal is a tool which helps identify the special interest and changing needs of an area.”

While appropriate design standards for conservation areas are already identifies, it is important for the local authority to assess whether these standards are appropriate by analysing all designs against their effect on the character or appearance of the conservation area.

All proposed amendments are available to view at the County Buildings in Forfar.

Mr Lowson continued: “The conservation area will continue to cover the town centre including Glengate, Reform Street and Bank Street and the immediate surrounds, along with a considerable area of the Roods.

“The proposed amendments are all minor to take into account development which has occurred since the boundary was previously defined and to include the garden ground of properties already within the conservation area or where the current boundary divides a property.”

He concluded: “A conservation area analysis will eventually be prepared for all 19 conservation areas in Angus.

“They will provide stakeholders with information to assist with managing the development process and will help impart information on the built heritage of Angus to the wider public.”