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East Sutherland communities to be canvassed to gauge level of local support for renewed Coul Links golf course plan


By Caroline McMorran

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Communities for Coul (C4C) is holding a public vote to gauge local opinion over the renewed attempt to achieve a championship golf course at Coul Links, near Embo.

Residents in Brora, Dornoch, Embo and Golspie are to be canvassed in order to ascertain the level of community support for the revived proposal, which has attracted private investment.

Gordon Sutherland.
Gordon Sutherland.

The move follows “Town Hall” meetings held by the group over the last fortnight in the four communities and the postal delivery of flyers to households.

C4C has brought in Civica, a provider of ballot and election services, to run the public vote which will cover the IV25, KW9 and KW10 postcodes.

The process will run for a fortnight from today until Friday, June 11 and residents will be able to take part by post, text, phone or online.

C4C say the outcome will provide the “first ever definitive answer to the level of local support for a world class golf course at Coul Links”.

If the outcome supports the belief that the majority of residents are in favour, then C4C says it will consider it a mandate to proceed with preparing a full planning application.

C4C director Gordon Sutherland said: “To now have on the table £50 million of private investment gives a second chance which we as a community must seize as we will never have another opportunity like this.”

The initial application for a Coul Links course was put forward by American inward inventors but rejected following a public inquiry and amid concerns over its impact on the environment.


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