Furious residents of a local housing estate are refusing to pay charges for fixing paths around their homes.
People in Rowan Path on the Westway, Arbroath, were told by landlord Hillcrest Housing Association that communal paths were to be resurfaced but they were surprised to be billed for the work.
One resident, who did not wish to be named, said: “Hillcrest sent out letters telling us when the work would start and how long it might take. That was fine, but there was no mention of us having to foot the bill.
“Then another letter arrived, which was a shock to me and the other 299 residents who are being asked to pay for the tarring.
“As you can imagine the 300 are up in arms and no one is going to pay the money, about £168, which they want next month.
“Some residents are now taking legal advice.”
A Hillcrest spokesman said: “This work involved the complete resurfacing of the footpaths and was deemed essential following a survey conducted by a structural engineer.
“Unfortunately on this occasion we failed to inform owners of the works and would like to take this opportunity to apologise for this breakdown in communication.
“We are in the process of reviewing our decision regarding the charges, which will include seeking additional advice on the legal position, and will write to owners confirming the outcomes as soon as possible.”