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Issued: 18 August 2004

Montrose High Street Consultations Continue

The formal consultation on the traffic management proposals for the High Street continues this week with local meetings and exhibitions.

This is part of the extensive consultation taking place to encourage local residents and businesses to have their say on the council's options for improving road safety, traffic flow and the general shopping environment in the town centre.

Retailers have already received formal consultation packs and have been invited to a meeting on Thursday evening, to give them the opportunity to discuss the proposals with council officers face to face.

The three local community councils are also getting together tonight (Wednesday 18 August, 7.30pm, Town Hall), to discuss the various options with officers.

Interested residents also have the opportunity to talk to officers at two exhibitions this week. The first is in the library on Thursday when staff from the Roads department will be on hand between 10pm and 2pm to answer any queries. Staff will also be available at the same times in Tesco on Friday. A static display illustrating the proposals will be in the library on Thursday, in Tesco on Friday and then back in the library until 31 August, the end of the consultation period.

Formal consultation packs are available from the ACCESS office in the Town House or anyone preferring to browse through the options online, either at home or in the local library, can access them at www.angus.gov.uk/roadsconsultation, where a consultation pack is posted, including a questionnaire for download. Consultation packs can also be obtained by calling ACCESSLine on 08452 777 778.

Questionnaires should be returned by 31 August. The findings will be analysed and then presented to a special Area Forum on 29 September, at 7.30pm in Montrose Academy.

Infrastructure Services convener David Selfridge urged residents and business to take the chance to have their say, saying: “The council wants to hear the views of local people about all of these options. We have said all along that they are merely the council’s suggestions in response to local concerns. What is needed now is local feedback to help us find solutions that are achievable, affordable and of benefit to the town.

“I stress again that no decisions will be taken until the consultation is completed. I know there is anxiety about pedestrianisation specifically but this is only one of the options for consideration. So while people may already have made their views known via unofficial surveys I urge people to participate in this broad formal consultation exercise. It will be the results of this official consultation which will presented to the members of the council, and it is this consultation which will influence and inform the council's eventual decisions.”