Dangerous wall causes detour

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PEDESTRIANS walking from Keptie Road, Arbroath, towards the Timmergreens shopping centre are facing a detour at the moment because of an unsafe wall.

The 10-foot high structure which borders a house opposite Keptie Pond appears very old and is built from a mixture of sandstone rubble and boules, round rocks from the seashore.

The mortar which binds them together appears to have crumbled and the wall is in a perilous state.

Angus Council has erected a temporary barrier along the edge of the pavement to prevent public access to the danger area and propose to erect fencing at the site to provide a more substantial barrier to direct pedestrians away from the hazard.

A spokesperson for Angus Council commented: “The wall, which retains garden ground 1.5 metres above the level of the footpath, is bowing outwards. We are currently trying to find out who owns it and is therefore responsible for its repair.

“The demolition and reconstruction of the wall will be done as soon as is possible, once discussion with the neighbouring proprietor has been concluded.

“The council apologises for any disruption caused while this essential safety work is under way.”

The owner of 82 Nolt Loan Road, Mr John Curry, whose garden is bounded by the wall in question, says that if he has to pay for it to be repaired or replaced then he will.

However, he does not believe it is all his responsibility. He said: “There are two parts of wall which were built with the house in the mid-1800s and they are fine. It is the other bit that is causing the bother.”