Need for new cafe questioned

Beach hall: The planned cafe will be in addition to the facilities already available at Carnoustie Leisure Centre.

Beach hall: The planned cafe will be in addition to the facilities already available at Carnoustie Leisure Centre.

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A Carnoustie councillor has questioned authority plans to accelerate the re-opening of a cafe at the town’s beach front.

The agreement last week by councillors to bring the proposed plan to open a cafe at the Carnoustie Leisure Centre ahead of schedule has prompted Independent councillor Brian Boyd to question the need.

He said: “We are all excited about the upcoming Commonwealth Games shooting at Barry and hope that this time we can finally get it right.

“This is why there has been public discussion about a strategically based marquee to lure visitors further into the town.

“Given these other alternatives I cannot understand why there is such a rush to spend so much public money on a conservatory / cafe for the Beach Hall when the shooting only lasts three days.

“Investing this money in leisure facilities in Carnoustie was scheduled for 2016/17 but instead this has been pushed forward and as a result we risk failing to make the best of our scarce capital projects budget.”

He continued: “Instead of this rush we need to slow down for proper consultation, we need to develop a business case and identify committed partners – this is why the original time frame was imagined in the budget.

Angus Provost and Carnoustie councillor Helen Oswald responded by explaining the change in plans.

She said: “It is at least two years previously since the plans were put to the community council and the development group.

“It’s in the capital plan for a future year but it has just swapped places with another project which is not ready to go.

“I think it will bring added value to what we have at the front.”

“It has been agreed and it is progressing, hopefully in time for the coming of the Commonwealth Games. However it is not for the Commonwealth Games, it was just felt that was an appropriate target to aim for.”