Street improvements finally to be completed

THE PROGRAMME of works worth £300,000 to improve Monifieth High Street could finally be completed very soon after an eight month delay.

Work on the town centre enhancement programme hit a stumbling block when supermarket giant Tesco refused to let Angus Council create a traffic island at the top of the store’s car park.

The rest of the improvements have been completed and the local authority have been in negotiations with the retailer to try and resolve the situation.

And it is now thought that the two sides have come to an agreement which could put the improvements back on track.

A spokeswoman from Angus Council explained they are now awaiting approval from Tesco to finish they work, which would only take six weeks to complete.

She said: “A draft memorandum of understanding is currently with Tesco’s estate department for their consideration and we are awaiting a response.

“Once it begins the work is expected to take six weeks.

“The council wishes to carry out landscaping works at the entrance to Tesco’s car park, as part of the Monifieth town centre enhancements.

“The work will involve removing existing landscaping, installing a wall, railings and seating and a pedestrian refuge island at the entrance to the car park. There will also be landscaping works and tree planting.”

The enhancement programme by the council in Monifieth began in June last year and was scheduled to last for 15 weeks.

The work included a new pedestrian crossing, new landscaping, tree planting and the installation of new street furniture.

However in July, Tesco refused to let the local authority install a traffic island at the top of their car park, which has caused the lengthy delay.