Council news

SNP candidates

CARNOUSTIE branch SNP has announced that their two candidates to contest the forthcoming Angus Council election for Carnoustie and District Ward are Fiona Gibb and Helen Oswald.

Fiona Gibb is a recently retired lecturer with a wealth of knowledge in health and childcare. Helen Oswald is a sitting councillor who has served the electorate of Carnoustie and district well over the past five years.

Council to take action

INTERVENTION by a Carnoustie councillor over accidents at a busy junction has prompted Angus Council to take action.

Carnoustie SNP councillor Helen Oswald arranged a site meeting with Angus Council’s department of roads at the beginning of March in response to public complaints about safety issues at the junction of Kinloch Street and Links Avenue.

Councillor Oswald received a reply from the roads department outlining their proposals to improve safety there.

It read: “The ‘STOP’ sign on Links Avenue to the south of the junction shall be lit to make it more effective during the hours of darkness.

“The centre line and ‘SLOW’ markings on the Kinloch Street approaches to the junction shall be refreshed to help draw attention to the presence of the junction and the need to reduce speed.

“New ‘SLOW’ markings will be provided on both Links Avenue approaches to the junction. Again this will help draw attention to the junction and the need to proceed with caution. Thereafter, the junction will continue to be monitored.”

Councillor Oswald commented: “I hope these measures will draw drivers’ attention to the need for caution when approaching this busy crossroads and stop the spate of accidents we have seen recently.”

The accident which prompted the calls for action took place on February 11, a two car collision which resulted in a report being submitted to the procurator fiscal. It was followed a month later by a further collision at the same spot.

Standing again

MARGARET Thomson (pictured) Scottish Labour councillor for Monifieth and Sidlaw, has been re-selected to stand again for the party in May’s elections.

Speaking after her selection she said she wasn’t complacent and felt there was plenty more to do.

She continued: “Although I have achieved a lot as councillor, there is still more to do. We need to encourage new jobs by bringing in new developments to the area. We need to continue with our house building programme and we need to work to increase the number of apprenticeships available in Angus.”

John Ruddy, chair of Angus Labour party, said: “Margaret has worked hard for her constituents in Monifieth and Sidlaw and I’m sure that the voters will recognise that in May.”