Angus Council take back control of Montrose caravan park

South Links Caravan Park
South Links Caravan Park

Montrose amenity ‘South Links Caravan Park,’ which went into administration, is once again under council control.

The park, on Traill Drive, hit crisis point last month when administrators were appointed for operators WOW Leisure who ran the site since 2009. It came about through a ground-breaking deal by which the owners and former operators, Angus Council, leased the site to them.

The council said the lease was terminated because the company had failed to meet its terms and had not made certain payments to the authority.

The man behind WOW Leisure, local businessman Bill McDonald, had spent a significant amount of money making major improvements to the site.

Mr McDonald revealed that WOW Leisure was approached by Angus Council over a possible expansion of pharmaceutical giants GlaxoSmithKline’s (GSK) Montrose plant in which the company was interested in the Traill Drive facility.

He added that Angus Council provided WOW Leisure with an unsecured loan before the GSK expansion plans fell through.

A meeting was held at Montrose Town Hall last Thursday (September 10) where council officers met with caravan owners, giving them assurances over the short-term future of South Links.

Around 80 people, many of whom were caravan owners at the site, were told landowners Angus Council had taken over the property.

The Review understands that there has already been an interest in would-be operators taking over the site.

A council spokesman said: “Angus Council officials met with caravan owners from the South Links Holiday Park in Montrose on Thursday night to discuss the ongoing situation after administrators were appointed for former site operators ,WOW Leisure Ltd.

“Around 80 people attended the meeting at the Town Hall, where it was confirmed that Angus Council, as landowners, had taken over the running of the site.

“Officers said the council will continue to assist the work of the administrator as the overall situation is assessed along with any on-site issues.

“They acknowledged that some caravan owners were very concerned about their individual circumstances and assured them that they would be kept informed of developments.”