No need to beware the Brothock blockage

The debris in the Brothock Burn viewed from Dens Road.
The debris in the Brothock Burn viewed from Dens Road.

Several concerned citizens contacted the Herald to point out fallen scaffolding in the Brothock Burn at the Dens Road industrial estate.

The scaffolding had collapsed into the swollen waters of the Brothock, some 200 metres from the wall where the pavement crosses the burn, opposite the entrance to Morrisons car park on Dens Road.

The collapsed scaffolding in the Brothock Burn at Dens Road industrial estate.

The collapsed scaffolding in the Brothock Burn at Dens Road industrial estate.

Other water-borne debris has collected at the scaffolding and concern was raised that a dam could form and block the passage of water along the Brothock’s route and thus cause flooding. When our picture was taken (on Tuesday, January 5) the flow of water, despite the incessant rainfall making it higher than normal, seemed to be progressing normally. Nonetheless, we showed our image to Stuart McGowan, Unit Manager at the SEPA office in the high street, who asked for a copy to send to Angus Council, with whom the responsibility lies.

It seems they too had been contacted by weather-conscious members of the public. A council spokesman said: “We were made aware of the matter at an early stage and have been working with the parties concerned to ensure the monitoring of the site and the safe removal of the scaffolding as soon as the weather permits.”