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Angus planners are concerned about a projected blot on the local landscape.

At the planning and development committee, RACAL Vodafone Ltd. asked for permission to erect a 200 foot high radio mast at West Ballochy, Brechin.

Director of planning Mr William Ferguson recommended refusal since the 68-metre high mast would dominate a large area of the Angus countryside and be visible from numerous view points throughout the district.

Development control officer Mr Ken Robertson stated they had hoped to negotiate with the company but had received no reply. They had also been in touch with the Civil Aviation Authority to find out their views.

Councillor Alex King, Arbroath, said he would not support a 100% refusal because the aerial had to be erected somewhere. However, the company could appeal to the Scottish Secretary over the refusal.

The committee unanimously agreed to refuse the application.

Brechin Pipe Band is appealing for new members.

At its annual meeting it was said that in the past year a number of young musicians had been lost from the band’s ranks. The band is financially healthy and well equipped.