Cool response to request for Coul Links support letter
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A REQUEST that Brora Community Council write a letter of support for a championship golf course at Coul Links, near Embo, has met with a cool response.
The request from Communities4Coul (C4C) which is spearheading the golf course project and which hopes to lodge a planning application, was discussed at the community council’s meeting last month.
Secretary Ruwan Uduwerage-Perera said he was concerned about the environmental implications of the development, which will cover one per cent of the Loch Fleet Site of Special Scientific Interest.
He said: “Until the SSSI issues are resolved, it is a no. From my perspective the community council cannot be seen to by supporting something that breaches SSSI regulations even if there might be economic benefit.”
Community councillor Dave Andrews said: “It is a difficult one. Looking at it from both sides, I can understand the survey results that said the people at Embo were all for it. At this moment in time I am not for it but I am not against it.”
Fellow council member Diana Royce said that she was not in favour of writing a letter of support.
Her colleague Lynne Paterson said: “I probably agree with Dave but I would like a bit more time to think about it.”
It was agreed to take more time to consider the issues involved before getting back to C4C.
An independent community ballot held in June 2021 of householders in the IV25, KW9 and KW10 postcodes achieved a voter turnout of 44.4 per cent with 69.2 per cent in favour of pushing forward with the golf course plan.