New bollards get in the way

AN ARBROATH man has been left disgruntled after Angus Council installed bollards on a popular local walk.

George Penman highlighted the issue on the St Vigeans nature trail after encountering difficulties while taking his dogs out.

Mr Penman said: “I have just found out that the council have put bollards across the entrance to the nature trail at the Colliston Castle end, thus preventing the parking of at least two cars.

“As my nephew and I use this trail regularly to exercise our dogs we need a parking area. We are not the only ones as this is a popular end to start from as there was a parking area.

“I have no idea why the council have done this and have not heard of any petition or complaint which would cause this to happen.”

Mr Penman is concerned that given the popularity of the walk visitors will park on the road, potentially creating a bottleneck and increasing chances of an accident.

He continued: “The other thing that will be a problem is when the council have to do maintenance on the path, where are they going to get in?”

A spokesperson for Angus Council said: “Bollards were installed earlier this year at the entrance to St Vigeans nature trail as there was a safety issue for motorists parking there, then emerging onto a blind bend and a busy road. The bollards can be removed by council staff when access is required for maintenance of the nature trail.”

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