The Courier & Advertiser (Perth and Perthshire Edition) - - COMMENT -

100 years ago

A let­ter was read at a meet­ing of Ar­broath Town Coun­cil yes­ter­day from the Lo­cal Govern­ment Board ask­ing whether the lo­cal au­thor­ity were pre­pared to pro­ceed im­me­di­ately with the prepa­ra­tion of an ad­e­quate hous­ing scheme, hav­ing in view that in the sched­ule re­port of Oc­to­ber it was stated that 30 new houses were re­quired. Bailie Dun­das, con­vener of the Streets Com­mit­tee, re­marked that his opin­ion of the hous­ing busi­ness was that the whole thing was a ridicu­lous mon­stros­ity.

50 years ago

A new fac­tory at Leven should soon pro­vide jobs for 20 men. That was the good news given yes­ter­day by Provost Charles Gard­ner, who con­firmed re­ports that the Town Coun­cil and Swilken Golf Clubs Ltd, Ar­gyle Street, St An­drews, have been ne­go­ti­at­ing over a new fac­tory site for the last five months. Mr Nor­man Brown, who has joined the Swilken Golf Com­pany, will be man­ager of the new “feeder” fac­tory. For many years he was with the Leven firm of Ge­orge Ni­coll of Scot­land, who also man­u­fac­ture golf clubs.

25 years ago

The Govern­ment gave its bless­ing to wide-rang­ing pro­pos­als to re­shape the pro­vi­sion of acute health­care through­out Tay­side – plans which mean the clo­sure of Dundee Royal In­fir­mary and Mei­gle Cot­tage Hos­pi­tal. The clo­sures are among a pack­age of devel­op­ments con­tained in Tay­side Health Board’s acute ser­vices re­view, for­mally ap­proved by Scot­tish Sec­re­tary Ian Lang af­ter months of con­sul­ta­tion. The pack­age also in­cludes a £30 mil­lion plan for two new com­mu­nity hos­pi­tals in For­far and Mon­trose.

One year ago

A shake-up of health pro­vi­sion in An­gus will re­sult in the per­ma­nent re­moval of in-pa­tient ser­vices at Brechin and Mon­trose in­fir­maries. Health bosses have been forced to im­ple­ment plans to ad­dress a sit­u­a­tion where al­most a third of An­gus hos­pi­tal beds can lie empty. Health chiefs say a new model of care is needed be­cause cur­rent pro­vi­sion is “un­sus­tain­able in the long term”. The plans in­clude a role for the Mul­berry adult men­tal health ward at Stra­cathro.

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