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Mother’s campaign against park charges

Lesley Dorman and her two sons Henry and Michael handed in their petition at Angus House Forfar on Friday morning regarding the matter at Monikie Park.

Lesley Dorman and her two sons Henry and Michael handed in their petition at Angus House Forfar on Friday morning regarding the matter at Monikie Park.

A MUM handed a 200-name petition to Angus Council on Friday protesting against the £2.50 parking charge at Monikie Country Park.

Lesley Dorman collected the signatures in the Monikie and Newbigging area after she felt it was unfair for residents to pay to leave their cars at their local park.

On Friday she took the petition to Angus House in Forfar to hand it to the council and she hopes it will highlight the plight.

She said: “We first moved to Monikie 10 years ago and since then we have noticed the parking charges go up and up.

“It’s just not on. It is driving families away from the park when children should be out playing in the fresh air.

“You always hear about obese children who don’t get out enough so we should be doing something about it.”

Mrs Dorman and her family live a mile away from the park but are unable to walk there due to the dangerous road.

She added: “My daughter who is six is given a bus pass to get to school because they say it is not a safe passage.

“And with the park being near the school, it is either dangerous or not. They can’t have it both ways.”

Mrs Dorman believes that nearly all residents in the village have signed the petition and there is a lot of support for scrapping the charges.

She explained: “Everybody in Monikie and Newbigging have been very supportive and I probably could have got more signatures if I had gone to Broughty Ferry or Monifieth.

“But I kept it to people who are affected the most.

“The council need to do something.”

 

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