Village Green up for grabs

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‘For Sale’ signs have appeared at the site of the former Kinloch School in Carnoustie, more recently known as the ‘Village Green’.

The decision was made last month by Angus Council to dispose of the property which it deemed surplus to requirements following the unsuccessful conclusion of plans to develop a community hub on the site.

A cleared area of 0.33 hectares has been put up for sale on the Shepherd Commercial Properties website, but for price on application.

In the report by the local authority’s Head of Technical and Property Services, Ian Cochrane, to the communities committee on May 24, it was recommended the 3,360.1sqm site be disposed of.

He stated: “The availability of the ground has been circulated to all directorates with no interest being shown. Possible retail use has been identified and the property has therefore been declared surplus and advertised for sale on the open market.”

Following the demolition of the former Kinloch Primary School a number of years ago, the site has been linked to a proposal for the development of a community hub for Carnoustie, which at various points was to have included a cinema, cafe, recording studio, and catering facilities among others. However, the Carnoustie Centre Action Group, which was behind plans for a hub, folded in August 2015, owingto difficulties in completing the project.

Most recently the site has been used for car boot sales, car shows and dog training and was also incorporated into design discussions at the recent Carnoustie charrette.