PLANS for the development of a sports hub in Carnoustie are progressing in a positive fashion according to a town councillor.
Independent councillor Bill Bowles had a meeting recently with Angus Council officers in an attempt to move forward plans to incorporate more land into the proposed development.
Councillor Bowles met with education director Neil Logue and senior officer Craig Clements to discuss the possibility of the Carnoustie Community Sports Club taking over administration of the playing fields at the High School.
He said: “I had a meeting with Neil Logue and Craig Clement from Angus Council that was very positive, but there are a few things still to iron out.
“The next step is to have everyone get together to look at the viability prior to bringing Robertsons in for further discussions on the better use of the facilities.”
Incorporating the extra land into the Newton Farm project would also remove the need for out of hours access to school property which has in the past caused issues with current administrators Robertsons whom employ the school janitorial staff.
The proposed development at Newton Farm is for around 2.5 hectares of land and will provide for two full size pitches, changing rooms and a car park.
Incorporating the school fields would be a major boon to the club. Carnoustie Community Sports Club chair Gordon Harris explained: “That would definitely increase the scope of the hub, and it would be controlled and run by the community sports club.
“The school can have full use of current facilities and the new facilities being planned.”
Ultimately the club aims to bring all the community owned playing fields under their umbrella and are currently looking at acquiring the council-owned Astroturf pitch at Pitskelly.