FOLLOWING the recent closure of Letham Grange Hotel, a local councillor has renewed his call for Angus Council’s economic development department to place the need for a new sizeable hotel for Arbroath high on their agenda.
Councillor Donald Morrison, along with other town councillors, had previously met officers from the economic development department to discuss the issue and possible sites.
However, with only one hotel remaining in the town and another on the outskirts, Councillor Morrison has contacted the head of the department again seeking an urgent progress report.
He believes the Year of the Light celebrations have placed the town even higher on to the international and national stage and, therefore, the authority must capture this interest together with the new ‘staycation’ market by working to increase hotel provision in the town.
Councillor Morrison stated: “The closure of Letham Grange Hotel highlights once again the importance of Angus Council’s economic development department in continuing to work at bringing a hotel chain to Arbroath.
“Arbroath has a lot to offer visitors with its wealth of history, the world famous Smokie and the natural beauty in and around the town. As a seaside burgh, Arbroath has excellent static caravan parks and bed and breakfast establishments but, sadly, lacks hotel accommodation.”
He went on: “The start of the Year of the Light celebrations have already been a huge advertisement for Arbroath as a place to visit and seeing so many visitors during the day is great, but we need them to stay over in the town, to eat in our restaurants and to drink in our pubs and clubs.
“Plans to refurbish the Cliffburn Hotel and add bedrooms at the Old Brewhouse at Danger Point are encouraging. These investments further recognise there is a market for increased stay-over provision within the town for visitors and business people.”