Carnoustie councillor looks back on the year

Old Fairway Garage Carnoustie.
Old Fairway Garage Carnoustie.

Carnoustie councillor Brian Boyd welcomes 2015 with a recap on the town’s successes in 2014.

“It’s been a frantic and, at times, difficult year.

“The budget cuts Angus Council have had to make, and those we will have to impose moving forward, have been a challenge.

“Despite this I am pleased that we’ve made progress on addressing the lack of investment in Carnoustie – in particular, the last couple of years have seen much needed progress with over £3 million being spent or allocated to council buildings.

“The old Fairway Garage that sat empty for over a decade has now been saved and turned into much needed council housing.

“Additionally, after almost two years of waiting it is surely clear that there is no commercial demand for the burnt out shops that have blighted our High Street and these too will soon be converted, to help address the increasing demand for affordable housing that is needed to keep our communities alive.”

Carnoustie’s regularly used Paths Network enjoyed by locals and visitors, is due to be signposted, with walking maps available in council offices, just in time for the tourist season.

Councillor Boyd continued: “Away from the High Street, the most exciting development I’ve been involved in, along with the other members of the golf management, has been establishing the golf-course as a local charity – this means, money generated by the golf courses will now be available for local community initiatives.

“While the details have yet to be finalised, by the summertime I hope that local community groups will be able to bid for funding from the golf course.

“This is a major change that will pay dividends to the town year after year.”

Carnoustie’s leisure facilities have also seen investment with the Leisure Centre, the new skate park and the development of two new football pitches behind the high school.