Com­mu­nity’s voice ig­nored

The Courier & Advertiser (Dundee Edition) - - COMMENT -

Sir, - I was very in­ter­ested to read about Coun­cil­lor Bill Duff’s con­cerns re­gard­ing the im­pact of a pri­vate hous­ing de­vel­op­ment on a ‘his­toric’ path in For­far (The Courier, Jan­uary 11).

Funny that be­cause, not 10 days ago, he did not ap­pear sim­i­larly con­cerned when he voted to de­mol­ish Da­macre School in Brechin to make way for hous­ing. This de­spite a raft of con­cerns, in­clud­ing the im­pact on road safety.

An ap­pli­ca­tion for the erec­tion of one pri­vate dwelling was turned down only re­cently near the site of Da­macre due to con­cerns on the im­pact on road safety.

An al­ter­na­tive site of the old St Drostan’s care home which has none of the as­so­ci­ated is­sues with Da­macre was also iden­ti­fied.

Da­macre School was re­spon­si­ble for the ed­u­ca­tion of Sir Robert Wat­son Watt, among other Brechin lu­mi­nar­ies. He was, ar­guably, re­spon­si­ble for Great Britain’s vic­tory in the sec­ond world war in Europe and thus the man who pre­vented the ul­ti­mate vic­tory of fas­cism in the western world.

The level of hypocrisy and in­con­sis­tency in this is quite nau­se­at­ing.

Mark Ar­buth­nott. 94 Mar­ket Street, Brechin.

I went to the meet­ing ex­pect­ing a fair, hon­est hear­ing but in­stead saw a show of ut­ter con­tempt to a group of peo­ple who asked rea­son­able ques­tions and ex­pected back­ing from, at the very least, the three lo­cal coun­cil­lors who we as a com­mu­nity put our trust in

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