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COURIER OPINION: Council must work with residents to tackle Broughty Ferry wall danger

William Doran, one of the Broughty Ferry residents facing a £100,000 repair wall for the wall outside their homes.
William Doran, one of the Broughty Ferry residents facing a £100,000 repair wall for the wall outside their homes. Photo: Mhairi Edwards/DCT Media.

Councils are often damned when they do and damned when they don’t.

When they fail to act in the knowledge there is a potential problem, they receive pelters – especially when things do go wrong.

And when they do take the bull by the horns to prevent a potentially dangerous situation, they can find themselves accused of creating a bureaucractic mountain out of a mole hill.

In Broughty Ferry, just such a row has flared up after a small number of householders were left facing huge bills for repairs to a dangerous wall which backs on to a major public road.

Repair works at the Broughty Ferry wall
Repair works at the Broughty Ferry wall. Photo: Mhairi Edwards/DCT Media.

That the work needs to be done is not in question. The potential effects of a wall collapsing on to a public pavement and road are obvious.

Dundee City Council is doing the right thing in having the repairs taken forward.

But in a time of financial crisis, we trust the authority is willing to listen to residents’ concerns over the size of the bills they are facing – and to work with them individually to reach a suitable resolution.

By adopting a fair and just approach, the council can show it is not the faceless and heartless institution some believe it to be.

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