Angus Council continues to operate Montrose holiday park

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Angus Council is continuing to operate a popular caravan park in Montrose that went into administration last year.

The council, which owns South Links Holiday Park and took back control in September after administrators stepped in, is aiming to open the park for touring caravans for Easter weekend.

The company which previously ran the site, WOW Leisure Ltd, were given permission last year to open in February - it is usually only open for 11 months of the year - but the local authority won’t be opening the park on Traill Drive in February 2017.

There are a few static caravan owners currently on the site.

The park went into administration last August after certain payments had not been made to the council by WOW Leisure.

A council spokesperson said: “We are aiming to open the park for Easter weekend.

“South Links Holiday Park only has occupancy rights for 11 months of the year and will be closed in February.”

The council leased the park to WOW Leisure in 2009.

Local businessman Bill McDonald, the man behind WOW Leisure, spent a significant amount of money creating major improvements.

In a statement sent to this newspaper he revealed, shortly after signing the lease, that he was approached by the council and informed GlaxoSmithKline (GSK) wanted to expand its Montrose plant and was interested in the site.

He claimed he was asked to curtail WOW’s trading activities and rent was waived while the authority was in discussion with GSK.

He said the council also provided the company with financial assistance by way of an unsecured loan during this period, claimed he had reached an agreement that he would pay back the debt “over a reasonable period of time” and would “personally guarantee” repayment.

However, the council ended discussions and called in the administrators.

By the end of 2015, the majority of South Links regulars left the site when a letter demanding an extra £948 a year was sent to them by the council after taking over control again.

The nine-acre grassy site can accommodate around 160 caravans and tents.