Beach Pavilion to go on market

The Beach Pavilion has been a landmark in Carnoustie for well over 100 years.
The Beach Pavilion has been a landmark in Carnoustie for well over 100 years.

A Carnoustie landmark has been put up for sale after Angus councillors agreed it was surplus to requirements.

The decision on the future of the Beach Pavilion was made by councillors during a meeting in Forfar last Tuesday.

Built at the turn of the 20th century on Links Parade adjacent to the Carnoustie Leisure Centre, the pavilion has been a focal point for activities at the seafront for decades.

Starting life as a cafe, offering refreshments and a venue for dances, it expanded in the 1930s with a bathing station.

Since 1993 it has been the home of Carnoustie Yachting Club as well as Carnoustie Rugby Club, which has since decamped to The Stag’s Head.

It is understood there has been expressions of interest in the property following the departure of the rugby club. In the proposals of the report from Ian Cochrane, head of technical and property services, he wrote: “These included interest from commercial businesses in Carnoustie to either purchase or lease the vacated premises.

“In addition, a Stage One Community Asset Transfer has been received from a local Community Group expressing interest in the building.

“It is, therefore, proposed that the main pavilion building be marketed for sale or lease and that the Community Asset Transfer Group consider applications in accordance with the Council’s policy.”

Independent Councillor Brian Boyd has voiced his concerns in the wake of the opening of the new cafe at the leisure centre in the summer. He said: “The project costs for the cafe are now over a staggering £300,000 so, as you can imagine, I am most disappointed that as the paint dries on this extension the council now plans to sell another that overlooks it. “Like in Glasgow, the Commonwealth ‘feelgood’ factor in Carnoustie will certainly be diminishing now that residents see that this extension, rather than being a legacy for the town, is now a liability. The dark cloud of uncertainty that hangs over the iconic and beautiful beach pavilion will not help improve this feelgood factor.”