CARNOUSTIE might actually get its long-awaited business park after £1 million of funding was approved by Angus Council at its budget meeting on Thursday.
It was agreed that the cash to assist with infrastructure costs for a Carnoustie Business Park be made available over the next five years.
The town has been patiently waiting for progress since approval was given to an application by DJ Laing (Homes) Ltd., in July, 2008, for a new industrial and business park on land east of Carlogie Road, subject to a Section 75 agreement.
It was suggested at the time that not only would the project bring business, industrial and storage units to the 37-acre site, but it would also complete the link between Carlogie Road and the A92.
However, the high cost of providing roads and other infrastructure is believed to have been a major stumbling block and the recession has certainly not helped.
Planning director Eric Lowson pointed out at the time that the site was allocated for industrial and business use in the Angus Plan which was about to come into force.
But the Carlogie Road site is now not the only one under consideration, as some have a stated preference for a site in the west end, at the Upper Victoria entrance to the town.
Angus Provost Carn-oustie councillor Helen Oswald commented: “I was delighted with the provision within a very tight budget of £1 million towards infrastructure costs for a business park in Carnoustie.
“Since being elected in 2007 to represent the ward, I have been trying to get the support needed for a developer to take the business park plans forward and this was very welcome news.”
She went on: “Recognising that we had already lost some businesses to other areas and had been unable to attract others because of the lack of up-to-date premises, I was desperate to get support for the inclusion of a financial package to help get the project off the ground.
“In the current economic climate and with the potential of investment in neighbouring areas in renewables, we need to be in a position to attract small specialist companies.
“With the excellent transport links offered by the A92, and a new business park, Carnoustie would be ideally placed to take advantage of any opportunities that arise.
“We all know that much of the money earned in a town is spent in that town and the impact of additional employment could only be good for the economy of Carnoustie.”
Independent councillor Brian Boyd added: “Now the monies for the business park are secured, I am sure all three councillors will work with Angus Council’s economic development team and local developers to establish a prosperous business park that will be a great asset for the town.
“It must be commercially viable, in the right location, bringing jobs to our town, keeping residents in the town therefore spending their wages in the town rather than outwith.
“It’s just a pity it didn’t happened years ago before we lost Mackays Jam, Ravensby Glass and Pacsons valves to name but a few.”
And Karen A. Nicoll, sales director of DJ Laing Homes Ltd., commented: “Any support in delivering the long awaited business park in Carnoustie is welcome news and will give the town and the local economy a great boost.”