Charitable trust for Carnoustie?

DETAILS remain closely guarded about the possibility of Carnoustie’s main attraction becoming a charitable trust.

On Thursday, Angus councillors discussed the possibility of creating a trust fund for the town based on the Carnoustie Golf Links becoming a charitable trust.

Carnoustie councillor Helen Oswald said: “I’m allowed to tell you there was an unanimous decision to continue a dialogue about charitable status for CCGLMC Ltd.

“There is a distinct probability this will bring benefits to the local community in Carnoustie.”

She added: “Things are looking very positive.”

Councillor Brian Boyd said: “I’m quietly confident that when all this becomes public knowledge everyone will see this as a win-win situation and that we will finally get not a Common Good Fund, but a common wealth fund.

“There are a few legalities still to iron out and all the partners must be confident this is a win-win situation for Carnoustie. Until these are sorted out we cannot say too much.”

Councillor Peter Murphy can already see potential avenues for the funding if it goes ahead. He said: “I will be very happy to see as much money as possible made available to Carnoustie. I’d like to think we’d get a fair amount to disperse.

“I have a lot to do with the Carnoustie Hub and any money that will come that way would be very welcome.”

The Links Management Committee were themselves understandably reticent to comment prematurely. General manager Graeme Duncan said: “As the matter of charitable status has still to be considered in detail by the directors of Carnoustie Golf Links, we can make no further comment at this time.”