Calendar An icon of a desk calendar. Cancel An icon of a circle with a diagonal line across. Caret An icon of a block arrow pointing to the right. Email An icon of a paper envelope. Facebook An icon of the Facebook "f" mark. Google An icon of the Google "G" mark. Linked In An icon of the Linked In "in" mark. Logout An icon representing logout. Profile An icon that resembles human head and shoulders. Telephone An icon of a traditional telephone receiver. Tick An icon of a tick mark. Is Public An icon of a human eye and eyelashes. Is Not Public An icon of a human eye and eyelashes with a diagonal line through it. Pause Icon A two-lined pause icon for stopping interactions. Quote Mark A opening quote mark. Quote Mark A closing quote mark. Arrow An icon of an arrow. Folder An icon of a paper folder. Breaking An icon of an exclamation mark on a circular background. Camera An icon of a digital camera. Caret An icon of a caret arrow. Clock An icon of a clock face. Close An icon of the an X shape. Close Icon An icon used to represent where to interact to collapse or dismiss a component Comment An icon of a speech bubble. Comments An icon of a speech bubble, denoting user comments. Ellipsis An icon of 3 horizontal dots. Envelope An icon of a paper envelope. Facebook An icon of a facebook f logo. Camera An icon of a digital camera. Home An icon of a house. Instagram An icon of the Instagram logo. LinkedIn An icon of the LinkedIn logo. Magnifying Glass An icon of a magnifying glass. Search Icon A magnifying glass icon that is used to represent the function of searching. Menu An icon of 3 horizontal lines. Hamburger Menu Icon An icon used to represent a collapsed menu. Next An icon of an arrow pointing to the right. Notice An explanation mark centred inside a circle. Previous An icon of an arrow pointing to the left. Rating An icon of a star. Tag An icon of a tag. Twitter An icon of the Twitter logo. Video Camera An icon of a video camera shape. Speech Bubble Icon A icon displaying a speech bubble WhatsApp An icon of the WhatsApp logo. Information An icon of an information logo. Plus A mathematical 'plus' symbol. Duration An icon indicating Time. Success Tick An icon of a green tick. Success Tick Timeout An icon of a greyed out success tick. Loading Spinner An icon of a loading spinner.

‘Short-changed’ stooshie set aside as Angus Council agrees to press on with spending town centre cash

Town councillor Bill Duff argued Montrose deserves a bigger share.
Town councillor Bill Duff argued Montrose deserves a bigger share.

Claims some Angus communities are being “short changed” have resurfaced amid concern over the distribution of a six-figure Scottish Government handout for town centre spruce-ups.

The burgh bickering has been put to one side for the time being after the area’s finance spokesman said it was important to get the cash spent on local projects and avoid the risk of missing out completely under the time constraints of the windfall scheme.

An initial boost of just over £1million from the Scottish Government’s Town Centre Fund in 2019 has been followed with another slice of support worth almost £400,000.

Finance chiefs suggested the cash should be distributed on the basis of the population-based formula previously applied,.

That will mean a breakdown of £111,000 for Arbroath, Brechin £33,000, Carnoustie £53,000, Forfar £65,000, Kirriemuir £27,000, Monifieth £38,000 and Montrose £55,000.

However, Montrose SNP councillor Bill Duff noted the communities of Ferryden and Hillside, with a combined population of more than 2,000, hadn’t been included in the town tally.

“I think we’re being slightly short-changed, by about £30,000 by my reckoning,” he said.

“In particular, Ferryden is contiguous to Montrose, while Hillside is separated by field of all of 100 metres.”

Bill Duff.

Arbroath SNP colleague Alex King said the population consideration for larger villages such as Friockheim and Letham had also been raised when the formula for handing out the cash was previously decided.

Finance director Ian Lorimer warned the time pressure of the scheme means local projects must be legally committed by March 2021 and fully expended a year from now.

The timescale led Angus finance spokesman Angus Macmillan Douglas to warn against putting the valuable aid in jeopardy by delaying the decision.

“We discussed and agreed the distribution of the original £1 million 15 months ago,” said the Kirriemuir Conservative.

Angus finance spokesman, Councillor<br />Angus MacMillan Douglas.

“We’ve now got a bit extra, which is extremely welcome, but the idea of going back to look at how it is distributed doesn’t sit well with the time critical nature of this.

“We got to get the work done and get it done in a difficult period in which Covid-19 will possibly interfere with the smooth progress of projects.

“Let’s keep to what we agreed and leave it to ward members to decide how they spend it in their wards,” he added.

More than 25 projects were identified for support from the original seven-figure pot, including a Monifeith youth café, Kirriemuir rock and roll museum, public wi-fi schemes and tourism apps.

Already a subscriber? Sign in

[[title]]

[[text]]