Online debate sparked on future of burned out shops

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A Carnoustie councillor has taken to Facebook to canvass opinion on what should be built on the site of the fire damaged High Street shops.

Ahead of Angus Council’s Communities Committee meeting in Forfar on Tuesday when a decision will be made on the future of the site, Independent councillor Bill Bowles has sparked a debate on the OurCarnoustie Facebook page attracting over 60 comments.

The question put forward is whether affordable homes, shops, or a combination of the two could be built on the site of the shops at 18 High Street which were gutted in a fire last January.

Councillors will meet to discuss the report drawn up by Vivien Smith, the authority’s head of Planning and Place.

The reports states that discussions have been held with the owner of 18 High Street and they are amenable to its purchase for £25,000 by Angus Council.

In addition the report notes: “Draft proposals for the redevelopment of the shop unit at 18 High Street have also been drawn up. These envisage demolition of the fire-damaged shop unit and construction of four new flats for rent as affordable housing. Indicative costings have also been prepared, which suggest that it should be possible to deliver the redevelopment project within current budgetary constraints.”

The report also states that affordable housing has been chosen over new commercial premises because recent studies have shown that shopping patterns have changed and there is less demand for High Street retailers.

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