Ground for a pound!

Carnoustie councillors visited the proposed site of a community sports hub today (Friday) after Angus Council this week agreed to purchase the land for a nominal fee.

The decision was made yesterday (Thursday) at a meeting of Angus Council’s neighbourhood services committee to purchase around two hectares of land at Newton Farm for a token £1.

This will be the first physical step in the development of a planned community sports hub which is designed to modernise and upgrade the sporting facilities in the town.

Independent councillor Bill Bowles was pleased to see this important step taken. He said: “I’m absolutely delighted, that was one of my election pledges and also to get the go ahead to get more sports pitches for Carnoustie.

“The Carnoustie Community Sports Club will now be working with the council to get it moving ahead.”

He continued: “It’s a £400,000 investment for the grass, drainage and fencing which is a fairly major investment from Angus Council.

“It’s going to be done in two phases. The first will be to drain and grass the area and that should be started within the next six months I would hope, given that the money has already been allocated from this year’s budget.

“The second phase is more tricky because we need to identify more funding, but with partnership working we should be able to achieve our aims to erect fencing and changing rooms.”

Independent councillor Brian Boyd accompanied Mr Bowles to Newton Grange today and praised his colleague’s accomplishment.

He said: “Bill has taken the lead on this and he’s done a really good job and with me working behind the scenes to make sure the funding was in place by talking to the Budget Strategy Groups.

“I want to thank Councillor Alex King for ensuring that this was included in his budget strategy plans.

“Of course this is only half the money and the other half is to come. I certainly hope that the budgets of the £5.8 million sports elements in Brechin and £7.2 million in Forfar will come in a tiny bit below budget when the tenders come in, allowing for the mere £183,000 to be spent on the Carnoustie sports elements.”