A Carnoustie hotelier says plans to extend the golf centre at Carnoustie links will be “detrimental” to the High Street.
Councillors passed a motion to allow the Carnoustie Golf Links Management Committee to further develop the existing golf centre to the tune of more than £4 million. The plans include a large cover restaurant and a bar.
Carol Inglis, owner of the Corner Hotel, spoke at the council meeting last week on behalf of businesses in the town as part of a deputation, but said after her 10 minutes allotted time to speak there was no discussion and she and the business owners were not asked any questions.
Carol said she and other businesses in the town are now canvassing public and commercial opinion about the proposals.
She said: “I found it very cut and dry that the council committee had not done a study or consultation to see what would happen to businesses in the High Street.
“I think it will be detrimental to the whole of the High Street because everything would be down that end. People who come for the golf usually walk around the High Street and use all the premises there are.
“I would be deaf, dumb and blind if I didn’t realise the business the golf gives me each year.
“Golf is a major part of Carnoustie, and rightly so as it is an old course, but it is not the only thing about the town.”
Carol believes there should have been a public consultation for townsfolk and businesses to have their say.
She added that this was something she and the other businesses were exploring, as well as making a formal complaint to the council. She also questioned why the money was not used to renovate the golf clubs in Carnoustie.
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