All weather pitches proposal booted out

A DECISION not to bring forward plans to provide all-weather sports pitches at Boclair Academy in Bearsden has been slammed.

East Dunbartonshire SNP leader Ian Mackay claimed there is unspent money in the council’s capital budget and this should be used to fund the improvements.

He put forward a motion at last Thursday’s full council meeting which asked the authority to invite tenders to provide the pitches at Boclair and Lenzie academies.

The Bearsden North councillor said: “What is most disappointing is that both the local Liberal Democrat and Conservative councillors supported Labour’s continuation of the matter until February 2012 which will mean it will be incredibly difficult now to get the work organised for next year.

“We had a window of opportunity when money was available because of slippage in the current capital budgets which would enable the work to be carried out next summer.

“Slippage projects were requested to be brought in as substitutes for delayed work. Unfortunately, because design work had not been done, long standing projects like all weather pitches could not be slotted in.

“My motion was an attempt to ensure this could not happen again.”

Councillor Mackay added: “The previous LibDem council gave a commitment to the parents and guardians of pupils at Boclair Academy that they would not be disadvantaged by facilities at the six new schools built five years ago.

“My question to the other parties on the council has to be - if not now for Boclair, when money is available, When?”

Councillor Rhondda Geekie, leader of East Dunbartonshire Council, said: “The council is fully supportive of further investment in both Boclair and Lenzie academies.

Investment

“The council’s policy and resources committee agreed on October 20 to take forward the preparation of design work for all weather pitches prior to considering the capital programme for 2012 – 2013.

“The council therefore continued this item to allow full details of the investment proposals to be considered in the context of our overall capital programme.”