That’s my business!

Duncan Meiklejohn was pictured outside the Van diner in Monifieth.''STORY COMING FROM GORDON
Duncan Meiklejohn was pictured outside the Van diner in Monifieth.''STORY COMING FROM GORDON

A RECENT issue of the Guide & Gazette carried a story about an Angus Council initiative to set up community-run snack bars at the Leisure Centre in Carnoustie and the Blue Seaway, Monifieth.

The item was of particular interest to Mr Duncan Meiklejohn - because he earns his living from his snack van at that very same Blue Seaway!

He told the Guide & Gazette: “I opened about three weeks ago and sell snacks, home baking, ice cream and light evening meals such as chilli and steak pie.

“Last year I applied for permission to convert a portable building to a cafe including a seating area, and this was granted.”

His premises are situated at the railway station side of Tayview Caravan Park, and he is encouraged by initial reaction to his efforts to serve the local area.

Mr Meiklejohn has gone in at the deep end, open seven days a week, from 9 a.m. to 7 p.m.

He told us that if a community-run facility opened, it would put him out of business.

But a spokeswoman for Angus Council said: “At this stage, we are only investigating possibilities with a local group. We will ensure that this group is aware of Mr Meiklejohn’s business and encourage them to talk with him as they develop ideas further. There is no intention to conflict with an existing business, but only to enhance the range of facilities for the benefit of the public.”