Delving back in time

March 5, 1970 - Last month, when Mr Peter Young of Messrs. A. B. Roger and Young, architects, went over a revised plan for the re-development of the west side of Market Street, it was evident that the council was not happy about two things, the three-apartment blocks (which have not proved popular elsewhere) and the lack of car parking space.

On Monday, Mr Young was back at the council with an amended layout.

They had been able to reduce the number of houses from 62 (originally 72) to 50 (which would all be two-storey) and should still be able to keep within indicative costs.

Density would now be about 90 persons to the acre compared with 120.

The cost of the scheme they estimated as about £166,000. This would not include the cost of acquiring present properties, of course.

Wither fewer houses they should be able to provide car spaces for 70 per cent of the tenants.

Mr Young added that they had gone to Edinburgh with a rough draft of the plans and the department had been quite well-pleased with them.

Their architects were to visit the site shortly.

Mr Young remarked that in their plans they had taken no account of the Maisondieu chapel and the property attached to it. (The house is now used as a furniture store).

The structure was in quite good condition but the difficulty was the gable end was attached to the chapel

It was agreed to approve the new plans in principle. Provost Buchan said that they had not liked the idea of three-storey blocks in the centre of the town but the architects seemed to have met most of their objections. There would now be room for car parking and space for the children to play.

March 6, 1980 - Members of the N.F.U branch have been assured that they would be kept informed on the position of the Brechin-Montrose branch railway.

The chairman, Mr Michael Barron, said at a meeting in the Glenesk Hotel, Edzell, that there had been rumours of the closure and now British Rail had written to them to say they had made no final decision.

“We have been impressed on them that they should keep in touch with all interested parties,” he added.

Mr Barron said he did not think there was much traffic in potatoes or livestock on the line and the main business was lime.

The branch had complained about Brechin station in the past but whether anyone would be sorry to see it go remained to be seen

Mr J. Sim, Kincraig, warned however that farmers who used the line faced extra transport costs if it closed.

“I hope that B.R. appreciates what the closure would mean,” he added.

March 7, 1991 - Now that the War in the Gulf is over, we look forward to the Brechiners we have featured in this spot returning home, but, unfortunately, the same cannot be said for those serving in Ireland.

This week’s local soldier is Lance Corporal Russell Burns, who is at present on a two year tour with the Black Watch in Northern Ireland.

Russell has seen service in West Germany and Canada and this is his third tour in Northern Ireland.

His younger brother Kenneth was one of the local lads featured earlier.

He is with the 4th Armoured Brigade in the Gulf.