Alarm at tourist guide content

THE chairman of Forfar Community Council has expressed alarm at a provisional list of businesses which could be included in a tourist information leaflet being produced by Angus Council.

Speaking at this month’s meeting, Mrs Isobel Ross stated she had received a list of local groups, organisations and businesses to be included, and she was concerned that they included businesses that had closed whilst omitting businesses which are now open.

She was most concerned about the inclusion of The Pitstop, The Gables, the Strathmore Centre and the Four Seasons Out of School Club - organisations which are not open to tourists.

She said; “I was e-mailed the list of businesses for the tourist guide. I don’t know who made it up but it is pretty half-hearted, I could have made a better one myself.”

She had put together a list of 13 corrections she had noticed, adding some businesses had telephone numbers listed, whilst others did not.

Angus Councillor Glennis Middleton commented whoever had put together the list “had not done their homework”.

She stressed The Pitstop, the Strathmore Centre and The Gables were not open to the public.

“It is not for members of the public to wander in to these place.

“The youngsters attending the Pitstop need a degree of security, and whilst people are welcome to visit the Gables, it is not open to the public and it is a nonsense to have it listed in a tourist leaflet.”

A spokesperson for Angus Council said: “Community planning is working with local groups in Forfar to facilitate their production of a tourism leaflet, similar to the one which was issued for Kirriemuir.

“Information for the leaflet is still being gathered and checked and the timescale for its production is dependant on the various groups providing relevant updates to the raw material.”