Upgrade back on track

TOWN centre improvements in Monifieth which have been held up for almost a year are about to restart.

And the hope is they could finally be finished by the end of July, 10 months after they were due to be completed.

The £400,000 enhancement programme, which was funded by Angus Council, hit a stumbling block in July last year when supermarket giant Tesco refused to let the local authority work on its land.

The improvements would have seen wall railings, seating and a pedestrian island installed at the entrance to the retailer’s car park in between Hometay House and Ewart’s Butchers.

At the time, the council confirmed they were working with Tesco to try and resolve the issue so work could continue.

But despite several attempts to end the delay and re-start the stalled work, the improvements are yet to be completed.

However, Monifieth Community Council chairman John Whellams says he understands Angus Council is ready to get workers back on the site to finish off the enhancements, which will finally signal an end to the three-year programme.

He told the Guide & Gazette: “It seems the work has been given the go-ahead again.

“The councill officer in charge of the project has told me workers could be back on the site soon with the work scheduled to be finished by the end of July.

“And we are delighted and pleased with this good news as we have been waiting three years for this to take place.

“Once the work at Tesco is finished, it will allow the community noticeboard and map to be installed in Reform Street as well as another board which will have historical facts about Monifieth.”

Councillor David May, planning spokesperson for Angus Council, was also delighted that the work in Monifieth can finally commence now an agreement has been put in place with Tesco.

He said: “I am pleased to say that the council has now signed an agreement with Tesco to enable the creation of a pedestrian refuge island at the entrance to the store’s car park, and other landscaping works in the immediate area.

“When completed, this will be the final stage of significant improvements to Monifieth town centre.”