Work delayed on Lenzie Academy’s new all-weather sports pitch

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Council chiefs have been blasted for delaying work on a new state-of-the-art sports pitch.

The new all-weather pitch at Lenzie Academy will not be ready for the new term as the project has not yet been granted planning permission.

Work on the new £300,000 pitch was expected to begin during the summer holidays.

However, Councillor Gillian Renwick says the plan has not gone before East Dunbartonshire Council’s planning board.

The summer recess means it’s now likely to be August before the application is seen by councillors.

Councillor Renwick says the delay means work will have to be carried out during term time, causing major disruptions.

She’s now calling on the council to hold an emergency meeting to discuss the plans.

She said: “This is a shocking state of affairs.

“The dates for the summer holidays were known well in advance and councillors have been talking about being prepared for this for eight months.

“This is going to be so chaotic for the school.

“I’m very disappointed that this has been allowed to happen, I don’t see how we can save this project from being a disaster.”

The project is expected to take two months to complete.

Grace Irvine, head of assets and property services at the council, said, “We are delighted to be delivering this £300,000 project to provide an excellent quality sports pitch for the pupils of Lenzie Academy.

“We have been working closely with the school to ensure that the plans for the new pitch meet their expectations and that the end product is of the highest quality. Whilst we had hoped to be able to commence work during the school holiday the timescales for this project were such that completion in time for the start of term was unrealistic.

“Notwithstanding this we are still trying to be in a position to progress works as quickly as possible during the holiday period to ensure that it is available for use by pupils as soon as possible.

“A planning application has been lodged and will be considered by councillors at an appropriate time. The council unanimously agreed that a special planning board would be convened if this would assist in progressing the project. Once consent is given then work will start immediately.”

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