A chance to have your say about local sports provision

Local sports groups, enthusiasts and residents are being invited to help the council to shape the future of sports pitches in East Dunbartonshire.

A five-year strategy has been drafted to support pitch provision in local communities and consultation is now underway on the Draft Sports Pitches Strategy - recently approved by East Dunbartonshire Leisure and Culture (EDLC) Trust and the Council’s Development and Regeneration Committee.

A meeting was held recently in Kirkintilloch - attended by local teams, coaches, organisations and sports enthusiasts - and a second event is being held on Thursday, December 10 at Kilmardinny House, Bearsden, at 6.30pm.

Councillor Anne Jarvis, Chair of EDLC Trust, said: “I would encourage everyone with an interest in sports and pitch provision to read the draft strategy and have a say.

“The Council and Trust are determined to support the best provision of pitches possible - helping to encourage local sport and activity.

“The Draft Sports Pitches Strategy ties in with the over-arching Culture, Leisure and Sport Strategy for East Dunbartonshire.

“The aim is to inform and guide the future provision of services, assets and activities in East Dunbartonshire - ensuring they continue to make a positive and improving contribution towards good health, well-being, learning and social inclusion among local communities.”

People can also have a say online - www.surveymonkey.co.uk/r/draftpitchesstrategy - before 4 January 2016.

The strategy is available on the council website - www.eastdunbarton.gov.uk/draftpitchesstrategy and at the Allander Leisure Centre, Bishopbriggs Leisuredrome, Kirkintilloch Leisure Centre, Twechar Healthy Living and Enterprise Centre, and Lennoxtown Library.

The draft plan has been guided by a steering group involving independent specialist consultants Knight, Kavanagh & Page (KKP) and sportscotland.

KKP was involved in producing a sports pitches study earlier this year which involved an assessment of football, rugby union and hockey pitches - including artificial grass pitches.

It included all facilities - whether managed within the public, private,voluntary or education sectors.

The main findings to date indicate that East Dunbartonshire is generally well served for both natural grass and synthetic turf pitches, however, there are challenges in provision around availability at peak times due to demand levels and accessibility.