SOS: Save Our Shops!

editorial image

An online campaign to ‘Save Carnoustie High Street’ is gathering momentum having attracted over 700 likes in just over a week.

As the Gazette exclusively reported last week, Carnoustie councillor Bill Bowles set up the Facebook page with the aim of sharing ideas and thoughts on how to revive the town centre.

The page states that it is for members of the Carnoustie community who “do not want our High Street to become a ghost town.”

And despite only being set up last Wednesday, over 700 people have liked the page and a steering committee is to be formed to formally launch the campaign.

The initiative coincides with a Guide & Gazette campaign, which also launched last month in conjunction with all Johnston Press titles called, Shop Local, Eat Local, Play Local.

And Councillor Bowles is delighted with the reaction to his Facebook page so far.

He said: “There has been an absolutely huge response. It shows that there are a lot of pro-active people wanting to see a High Street with a vision.

“We will also be forming a steering committee to drive this forward and to get the message out there about the High Street that we have to use it, or lose it.”

One of the first aims of the group is to save the burnt out shops opposite the Co-op, which have already proved to be a town talking point.

Angus Council has already decided to convert the empty units into affordable housing, although this still needs to go through the planning permission process.

And Councillor Bowles, who is against the plan, says there is still time for people to 
make their voices heard on the subject.

He added: “There has been a big backlash over the burnt-out shops because people don’t want to see them go as they are still in the town centre boundary.

“But there has been no final decision as yet so it is not a forgone conclusion.”