Letters to the Editor - 27.01.11

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Sir,

Last Thursday I had the misfortune to fall heavily on black ice and break my hip.

I’d like to thank everybody involved in my rescue and recovery so far, particularly the two passing motorists who stopped at the scene of the accident in Dundee Road, Forfar.

Between them they managed to get me up to Whitehills Hospital for treatment. One (a council employee) then drove to my home to let my wife know what had happened.

I am now back home after an operation in Ninewells and thanks to the skill and care of the staff there expect to make a full recovery.

In this day and age when bad news is more likely to hit the headlines let’s not forget that my experience of human kindness and NHS care is the norm not the exception.

Yours etc.,

Name and address supplied

Via email

Sir,

I am writing to express my concerns about the proposed site of the supermarket for Kirriemuir.

The majority vote was with the site at Pathhead, and this is the most suitable.

We all appreciate the skill of lorry drivers and how well they do to manoeuvre their large vehicles through the town, but it is hazardous to pedestrians and buildings.

Do we really want to have any more large vehicles moving through the town centre than we already have?

The buses have had routes changed recently to lessen congestion through the town centre, and to take into consideration the manoeuvrability of large vehicles round the narrow streets of Kirriemuir.

The development of land at Pathhead for a supermarket will be an improvement.

The road development will help to reduce the amount of cars that speed through Maryton village. There has been one fatal accident too many on that road.

A supermarket on the edge of town will still allow plenty of trade to stay in the centre of town, while giving the choice that we need and servicing the consumers on the outer edge of town and outlying farms and villages.

And surely it makes sense to have a local man and his company get the contract for the supermarket.

Mark Guild is a son of Kirriemuir. He lives and works in the local area.

He gives work to all local trades where he can.

He directly employs countless numbers of local men (and some women) and uses local merchants for supplies and materials.

Yours etc.,

M Wallace, Kirriemuir

Via email

Sir,

The Kirriemuir supermarket saga marches on relentlessly with yet another chapter from local businessman Mr Guild.

This time taking a pop at a gentleman from a Roods address in Kirrie who had taken the time to express a personal opinion.

It would appear to Mr Guild that opinions over a variety of subjects need to be followed up by what he refers to as actions. Don’t get the gist of this but that’s probably me.

Perhaps Mr Guild could explain why he is building houses in Kirrie and an adjacent dental surgery? And providing all those jobs.

Add this to an obvious interest in a new supermarket and you have what I can only describe as a big hearted desire to make big bucks; so please Mr Guild; leaving aside the mention of your charitable works, spare us all this “I love Kirrie bit” and what I’ve done for the town.

As a retired Health and Safety professional for most of my working life, (now over 65 with bucketloads of opinions), it would be remiss of me not to concur with Mr Guild on the location of this proposed supermarket.

I cannot begin to believe what a full blown risk assessment of this location would show up or how it would influence the planning process, or the decision reached by our elected officials. Does make you wonder though?

Had this been the only known site available in town then I think maybe a lot of people would agree to stick with what we have and give the small shopkeepers at least a sporting chance to survive.

Yours etc.,

A. Brown,

Memus.

Sir,

Of the 80,000 residents of Angus over 18 years of age, less than 300 responded to the recent six week consultation period on the forthcoming budget.

The Leader of the Council is quoted in a local daily newspaper as saying, “the views of nearly 300 people nevertheless gives us a valuable snapshot of public opinion.”

In speculating why only 0.37% of the adult population bothered to make their views known, one serious consideration could be that so many recent snapshots of public opinion have been repeatedly ignored. Apathy soon follows.

Over 1600 members of the public in Kirriemuir gave a massive snapshot of their opinion regarding the preferred site of a new supermarket and were ignored. More than 400 people in Edzell alone voiced their opinion on the closure of their local library and along with the valuable snapshots of public opinion in the other three villages, were ignored. Valuable snapshots of public opinion regarding the total lack of business and industrial investment in Carnoustie have been ignored.

Over 5000 people throughout Angus gave a valuable snapshot of public opinion regarding the outsourcing of level one mental health services to a service provider with no history of involvement in Angus and were ignored.

Perhaps Angus council could clarify just exactly when they value public opinion and what criteria it uses to discount massive measures of public opinion as it emerges regularly on such major issues, only a few of which are highlighted here.

Yours etc.

R. J. Scrimgeour, chairman,

Angus Mental Health Association (via e-mail).