Shared concern over cyclists’ actions

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CONCERNS expressed by members of the public and local councillors over the irresponsible use of bicycles by teenagers and adults on roads and pavements in Carnoustie is shared by members of Carnoustie and District Crime Prevention Panel.

At the regular meeting in the Station Hotel last Tuesday, Kay Landsburgh reported that she has been assured by local cycle dealers that they sell the machines to their customers in a totally roadworthy condition, with front and rear brakes, lights, chainguard and a bell.

However, the bikes seen on the streets of the town have been stripped of all these accessories (presumably with parents’ approval) and should only be used on a designated BMX track.

Police community liaison officer Constable Mark Callison said he had been focusing on the problem in his school visits but there are still potentially dangerous incidents being reported.

He also reported that Pubwatch was now up and running in Carnoustie. Local publicans have signed up to a code of practice which states that the management will only welcome responsible patrons.

The panel also condemned irresponsible dog owners who still flout the law regarding dog fouling. Members heard that an information leaflet is being prepared which outlines owners’ need to pick up after their dogs or face a hefty fine from the community wardens.

It also provides the Access Line number 08452777778 for witnesses to report any incidents.

After recent reports of a lack of respect by young people of Carnoustie War Memorial, Councillor Peter Murphy praised the behaviour of all the members of the youth organisations who took part in the Remembrance Service at the memorial.

He said that the large crowd attending the service also indicated that the majority do realise the significance of the area.

Congratulations were extended to Katie Brown, Anna Grant and Carrie Louise Marshall, all from primary four at Burnside Primary School, for scooping the prizes in the panel’s recent litter poster competition.

Willie Gardner a former graphic artist, was the guest judge, supported by Councillor Brian Boyd and Kay Landsburgh.

The competition was arranged to raise awareness of the need to show respect for our home, our school and our town.