Right of way removed in 40-home redevelopment of local scheme

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The transformation of a once-troubled housing scheme in Arbroath has resulted in the removal of a public right of way.

Angus Council has taken steps to remove the path to existing public roads as part of its redevelopment of the Abbey Quarter.

Work started in November to create 40 new affordable council homes for rent in a project to replace four blocks of empty council flats at Guthrie Hill and Smithy Croft which had become increasingly unpopular and difficult to let.

As part of the redevelopment, members of the local authority’s communities committee agreed to the creation of a stopping up order to end public right of passage over the existing roads at Guthrie Hill and a section of Smithy Croft.

Ian Cochrane, head of technical and property services, reported the former flats in the area had been demolished and will be replaced by a new development of affordable housing comprising of six houses and 34 flats.

The redevelopment proposals include new alignments for the roads which service the areas.

Those sections of former public roads which are no longer necessary require to be stopped up.