Carnoustie plans to develop its own economy

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CARNOUSTIE Community Council has set up its own economic development committee with the express purpose of promoting the economy in the town and surrounding area.

It was the brainchild of newly elected community councillor and local businessman Bill Bowles and brings together representatives from the community council, Carnoustie Business Association, Carnoustie Forward, the Federation of Small Businesses, and individual local business owners.

At the moment attendance is by invitation only and the committee consists of community councillors Bill Bowles, Sue McMahon, Arliss Rhind, and Ed Oswald; Carnoustie Business Association chairman Peter Burke, with committee member Howard Evans; Charles Goodall of the Federation of Small Businesses and Carnoustie Forward, and Councillors Helen Oswald and Brian Boyd.

Also involved are local business people Karen Nicoll from DJ Laing, Donald Ford of Donald Ford Images, Rodger Brunton from Brunton Design Studio, and community planning officer Elaine McLeod, who advises on Angus Council policies and maintains the action plan.

Depute Provost Peter Murphy will also be invited to attend when available, as will a representative from the Carnoustie Golf Links Management Committee.

Rather than taking minutes, the committee works to an agreed action plan as they believe this gets things done rather than just talked about. The plan includes short, medium, and long term projects.

In the short term, the committee is working on a survey of shopping habits and desires in Carnoustie, vacant High Street retail establishments, and summer flower pots and hanging baskets to be located at the town entrance and along the main street, hopefully, in time for the Ladies’ Open in July.

Medium term items include attractive Carnoustie-branded street signage, a golf heritage trail, links with the golfing tourism, and development of the yachting and rugby club to include a seafront café.

A considerable amount of progress has been made over the past two months including obtaining a generous donation of hanging baskets from Dobbies, successful and positive meetings with Angus Council economic development department, options for the development of a weekly Farmers’ Market, development of the street signage, a promotional leaflet for visitors, supporting a proposed business park, and several other items in the pipeline.

In the near future it is planned to publish the monthly action plan online to make it available for public comment. Although the monthly meetings are not currently open to the public, this aspect is presently under discussion depending on a suitable location being found.

There is much enthusiasm within the economic development committee as well as considerable energy to pursue its initial ambitions, and it is hoped that positive support from within Carnoustie and district and Angus Council will help it in achieving them.