Public input sought for protection plan

The sea has encroached on Montrose links by 70 metres over the last 30 years, according to coastal erosion expert Dr Fraser Milne.
The sea has encroached on Montrose links by 70 metres over the last 30 years, according to coastal erosion expert Dr Fraser Milne.

The Angus public’s views on how the county’s coastline can be managed an protected in the future are being sought by Angus Council

Local authority officers have produced an updated Shoreline Management Plan 2 which provides a large-scale assessment of erosion and flooding risks along the coast and sets out sustainable ways to manage those risks.

It also deals with threats posed to people and property as well as developed, historic and natural environments.

A council spokesman said: “We have engaged with community councils that represent residents and businesses along the Angus coastline about the consultation, as well as elected members.

“And we will be holding consultations shortly in coastal burgh towns to meet with local communities.”

The plan follows a warning from a coastal erosion expert that the sea has encroached on the coastline at Montrose by 70 metres over the last 30 years.

Dr Fraser Milne, Dundee University post doctoral researcher, said in a recent talk to the Montrose Natural History and Antiquarian Society that the historic golf links are under threat due to erosion of the dunes in front of the Medal Course.

He also said “human interference” has contributed to the problem, namely the removal of more than a million tonnes of sediment from the South Esk estuary since 1984 which has been taken out of the coastal system, although he pointed out that erosion is predominantly a natural process.

Proposed changes to the Medal Course put forward by Montrose Golf Links recently were, however, rejected by the three clubs that use the course as well as season ticket holders.

Two of the ladies’ tees at the second hole were deemed to be unusable and the proposals suggested changing the layout of seven holes.

Public consultations will be held at Montrose Sports Centre on May 30 from 3pm to 7pm, Carnoustie Leisure Centre on May 31 from 2.30pm to 7.30pm, and in Arbroath at Voluntary Action Angus, 32-34 Guthrie Port, on June 1 from 3pm to 7pm. A plan is available on the council’s website and there is also a link to a response form.