Coun­cil to ques­tion R&A over Open ‘no read­mis­sions’ pol­icy.

Fears new ‘se­cu­rity’ pol­icy could hit traders in An­gus town next year

The Courier & Advertiser (Angus and The Mearns Edition) - - Front Page - rob Mclaren rm­claren@the­

An­gus Coun­cil is to raise con­cerns about the pos­si­ble in­tro­duc­tion of a ‘no read­mis­sions’ pol­icy at next year’s Open golf tour­na­ment in Carnoustie at its next plan­ning meet­ing with the R&A.

The Courier re­vealed last week that the golf author­ity will not al­low peo­ple to leave the course and then gain re-en­try at this year’s Open at Royal Birk­dale, which starts on Thurs­day.

The R&A said the pol­icy was a re­sult of se­cu­rity con­cerns and would be re­assessed at the con­clu­sion of this year’s tour­na­ment.

How­ever, Carnoustie coun­cil­lors and busi­nesses are anx­ious that the An­gus town sees a tourism boost from the thou­sands of vis­i­tors at next year’s tour­na­ment.

Now An­gus Coun­cil has re­sponded to the con­cerns and said it will pur­sue the is­sue with the R&A.

A coun­cil spokesper­son said: “We meet reg­u­larly with the R&A to dis­cuss plan­ning for the Open.

“As part of our dis­cus­sions about mar­ket­ing of the area and po­ten­tial legacy projects, we will be rais­ing this is­sue.”

Busi­ness­man David Valen­tine, who owns Simp­sons of Carnoustie golf shop, has called for the R&A to re­verse the pol­icy.

He said: “When I used to be the head of eco­nomic de­vel­op­ment for An­gus Coun­cil, the coun­cil al­ways did its level best to get a busi­ness ben­e­fit for the town.

“We must put the onus on the coun­cil and the Links Man­age­ment Com­mit­tee to get this right for the town be­cause the golf cour­ses be­long to the town.”

Carnoustie coun­cil­lor David Cheape, who sits on Carnoustie Golf Links Man­age­ment Com­mit­tee, said the pol­icy would mean golf clubs and other busi­nesses in the town would suf­fer.

He said: “I be­lieve there are two rea­sons for the R&A ini­ti­at­ing this pol­icy. One re­lates to se­cu­rity con­cerns and the other re­lates to ex­ter­nal hos­pi­tal­ity out­with the course which has been in­creas­ing year by year and re­duc­ing a tra­di­tional form of in­come to the R&A.”

A spokesman for the R&A said ar­range­ments would be re­viewed fol­low­ing this year’s cham­pi­onship with se­cu­rity one of the key con­sid­er­a­tions.

The Open was last staged at Carnoustie in 2007.

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