Owner vows to keep fighting after council turns down local lobster takeaway plan

The developer behind a rejected plan for a lobster shack in Arbroath is hoping “common sense prevails” after lodging an appeal.

Businessman John Carswell submitted a £30,000 proposal to convert the former public toilet at Old Shore Head, near the town’s harbour, into a crab and lobster hot takeaway.

The plan had been recommended for approval by Angus Council officers but in August it was refused by members of the development standards committee who said it would blight the historic Fit o’ the Toon.

The toilet block is just one of a number closed by the local authority and put up for sale, with Carswell Properties Ltd taking out a long lease on the site.

The final decision on the lobster shack will now be made by an independent Scottish Government reporter.

Mr Carswell said: “I’m glad it’s out of the hands of the council.

“We need people making decisions who have a bit of vision for the town.”