Documentary shows urgent need for coastal support

A BBC documentary has laid bare the “shocking” extent of erosion being suffered at a beleaguered Angus coastal town.

Montrose has suffered from accelerated erosion to its shorefront and historic golf links in recent times, at a rate of around two metres a year.

The famous Medal Course has lost tees while parts of greens and fairways are facing an immediate threat.

The Landward programme aired the first in a number of specials looking into coastal erosion on Monday, and the local MP said the issue has never been more graphically portrayed to the public.

Kirstene Hair believes the documentary will put further pressure on the SNP Government to save the town’s coast.

And Scottish Conservative Ms Hair has been in constant contact with Scotland’s environment secretary over when it will announce its next move.

Ms Hair said:

“This documentary really brought home the plight of Montrose and other coastal communities are facing.

“Angus Council has admitted it lacks the money to intervene to the required extent.

Despite a real-terms increase in the amount of funding given to the Scottish Government, it has chosen to continue cutting the amount of money given to Angus.

“So those watching the programme must know the onus solving the problem lies with the SNP Government.

“I have repeatedly asked for action from Roseanna Cunningham, who has visited Angus and knows the extent of the issue.

“Their approach seems to be ‘let’s wait and see’, which isn’t good enough.”
One Montrose expert, Chris Curnin of Montrose Golf Links Limited, has urged the Scottish Government to make Montrose a priority in the next batch of funding for combating erosion, due in 2022/23.

But as Ms Hair added: “Montrose may not have as much to protect in four years’ time.”