Safe roads: praise given

Praise was given to all services in the area who helped ensure that Edzell and the surrounding area’s roads were kept safe during the recent spate of wintery weather.

Speaking at the latest meeting of the Inveresk Community Council, chairman for the group Duncan Smedley praised Angus Council for the work they do to help keep the roads safe.

Also receiving a mention were members of the emergency services and the council’s road department who also help to ensure the roads are kept clear.

Duncan said: “In my opinion I think Angus Council deserve credit for the way they responded to the recent and somewhat unexpected conditions. Roads maintenance in particular is an example of this. They did such a good job.

“That of course doesn’t stop there because, although you may not see much of it, the police, ambulance and fire crews are all involved in what is a team effort.”

Duncan has also praised the work of Angus Council’s ACCESS office on a number of occasions over the last year stating that they have always responded to enquiries promptly and efficiently.

Also helping to keep the roads clear of snow and ice this year is an additional grit bin which has put in at Hen Pen Lane following a request from Edzell residents in February.

The group requested the installation of two bins, with another one wanted at Careston. This bin has not been placed at this time.

Councillor Bob Myles explained that the location for this grit bin was on the main route covered by gritters.

The council had a lot of demand for news bins and they tried to put bins in areas not normally covered by gritters.

In other matters regarding roads it was noted the Glenlethnot road from the hall to the school was not adopted despite it being an access road to the school.

This has meant that the road never gets swept or gritted.

This matter has been noted by Councillor Myles and a council member who attended the meeting.

In other matters it was recorded that Angus Council are aware of the problem of poor drainage at Inglis Memorial hall and the matter is in hand, although it is not considered an urgent problem.

Exposed cables on road at Careston have now been covered.