School to get much-needed all-weather playing pitch

Plans to create a new £300,000 state-of-the-art sports pitch have been unveiled.

East Dunbartonshire Council has lodged a planning application to build an all-weather pitch at Boclair Academy, in Bearsden.

The plans also include proposals to erect new floodlights and a security fence.

The school’s current pitch dates back to the 1950s.

Councillor Manjinder Shergill said: “I am delighted that there is going to be progress on getting an all-weather pitch that Boclair Academy desperately needs.

“The parents have been looking for this for as long as I can remember.

“The school deserves these new facilities and I am hopeful that, if passed, work will be able to start over the summer so the pitch is ready for the start of the new term.”

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Councillor Vaughan Moody said: “This is superb. The difficulty has always been that we have got six secondary schools in East Dunbartonshire that have been redone as PPP schools and this means that Lenzie and Boclair Academy have always been left behind.

“They have received a lot of investment, but the big difficulty was the pitches, which haven’t changed since I was at school. It’s great news.”

Grace Irvine, head of assets and property services at the council, said: “We have recently lodged an application to replace the current 1950s synthetic surfacing of the pitch at Boclair Academy with a modern equivalent.

“The application also seeks consent to build new fencing and erect eight new floodlights.

“If planning permission is granted, this £300,000 project would get underway as quickly as possible.”