Sports development takes a leap forward

Huntershill pitches
Huntershill pitches

A new multi-million pound sporting facility in Bishopbriggs should be open by summer 2016 if everything goes according to plan.

East Dunbartonshire Council, in partnership with East Dunbartonshire Leisure and Culture (EDLC) Trust, is moving ahead with the development of the Huntershill sports project – which includes a new changing pavilion, 3G sports pitch, six-lane running track, tennis courts, grass pitch, access road and parking.

The council previously pledged £2.9million of capital funding in 2014-16 towards the project, with £500,000 of this committed by EDLC, which will run the new facility.

EDLC and the council have also now secured an in-principle award of £500,000 from sportscotland which will allow for a higher-specification pavilion – dependant on planning permission.

Design is still at an outline stage, with a planning application expected to be submitted by the end of November and the facility schedule to open in August 2016.

Councillor Alan Moir, the council’s convener of development and regeneration, said: “I am delighted to say that the Huntershill project is moving into its second stage and look forward to detailed plans being developed.

“Well done to the major assets projects team and colleagues within development and regeneration – as well as the EDLC Trust – for their ongoing hard work.

“The new facilitity will provide a welcome and safe place for people of all ages – and from all backgrounds – to take part in sport and physical activity. It will also provide information, advice and support on a wide range of sports and physical activities – aiming to make it easier for people to get involved and engage in a more active and healthy lifestyle.”

Scott Hill, chair of EDLC Trust, added: “Huntershill will provide an important new resource for sports development to clubs and organisations across the whole Council area.

“It will encourage improved participation in sport and leisure activities, with benefits for health and well-being across the board.

“Huntershill will be a key resource for the Trust and I’m particularly pleased we have been able to secure further funding for the pavilion.”