Dozens of vehicles’ horns were blasted outside a local council HQ to protest over controversial parking charges.
Locals from across Angus took part in the demonstration outside the authority’s base at Angus House in Forfar.
Led by Kirriemuir businessman Barrie Ewart, drivers showed their anger at the charges, introduced last week, claiming they are putting local businesses at risk.
Mr Ewart of Autosales and Brechin businessman Bruce Robertson of The Hardware Stores met council leader councillor David Fairweather and chief executive Margo Williamson as they called for the newly-installed meters to be scrapped.
A letter was handed over “on behalf of the people of Angus and businesses” stating their presence was “borne out of frustration and the need for urgent action” to ensure the survival of many businesses in Angus.
He said: “We are asking the council consider the damage already caused by the parking charges and the role the council should be taking to help business in Angus prosper.”
In a statement issued shortly after the protest, Mr Fairweather said: “I’ve made myself available today to receive the petition; we have already been in discussions regarding a meeting so we can hear people’s views.
“However, let’s be clear – car parking charges are here to stay. The roads budget has had to be reduced by 50% over the last two years and we desperately need the revenue to maintain the roads infrastructure Angus deserves.”