Have your say on sports hub

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Sports in Carnoustie needs public support according to the community sports hub chair as Angus Council seeks feedback on their proposals.

The authority has released details for the proposed 2.25 hectare site opposite Carnoustie High School, north of Shanwell Road and west of Balmachie Road, and is inviting residents to give their views on the plans.

There will be an open meeting at the Beach Hall, Carnoustie Leisure Centre, at 7 p.m.

It is hoped that the new facilities will form the cornerstone of sports development in Carnoustie, and has been the subject of sustained campaigning by the Carnoustie Community Sports Club.

Chairman Phil Hope explained that with 18 football teams already running, with nearly 400 players, and as many as five new squads next year, provision is already at breaking point. He said: “We’re victims of our own success. Our big problem at the moment is that we have grown so much so quickly and we have outgrown our facilities so quickly.

“We do use the football pitches at the high school but the school mark out an athletics pitch over the football pitches meaning referees won’t allow us to use them for Cup games.

“We have four seven-a-side pitches at Pitskelly and two youth teams share the Rec with the two amateurs. “We need more and more space. These two proposed pitches won’t totally quench our thirst but it’s a step in the right direction.

“Our big problem will be where will they play? Carnoustie we need these pitches and we ask that you support us.”