Robert Street site to get a much needed facelift

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A PERENNIAL Arbroath blemish could be a thing of the past if plans by its owners come to fruition.

The site, on Robert Street is owned by Network Rail and has been the haven of drug users and al fresco urinators for many years now.

Plans announced by Network Rail will see workers move onto the site in September and finish the clearing up job started by a private contractor on behalf of the train company last year.

All of this appears to have come on the back of sustained pressure from local councillor David Fairweather on behalf of irate constituents.

He said: “I am absolutely delighted that Network Rail will be clearing up here.

“I wrote to them, it must be two years ago now and to be fair they did make an effort to tidy up, but it just got so bad again.

“I must thank Susanne Austin from Neighbourhood Services who wrote again to Network Rail about the problem.”

According to Network Rail they propose to wait until the delicate wildlife nesting season concludes in September and then send work teams in to clear out 90 per cent of the excess trees and foliage.

The bark from the cleared trees will be chipped and spread over the yard once all other debris has been removed from the area.

Councillor Fairweather added: “It is an absolute disgrace as it stands. Residents tell us that it is regularly used as a toilet, it really stinks, and it has also been used by drug dealers.

“Our refuse tip is in a better state than that place.

“No doubt there will be a lot of vermin there, which is not good for the environment and certainly not good for the residents.”

A spokesman for Network Rail explained that this was a recurring problem among the 3,000 plus miles of land that borders Network Rail lines.

He said: “In this case, rather than come back and do a temporary fix every six months or so we’ve decided to eliminate the problem altogether.

“We would do it sooner than September, but we are legally obliged to wait until after the nesting season is finished.

“We do our best to keep our land clean and tidy and remove undergrowth and vegetation that pose a danger to trains or cause a public nuisance.”