Pitching in to help improve sporting facilities at East Dunbartonshire schools

Monday, 3 December, 2018

Work to replace outdated school sports pitches continues in East Dunbartonshire.

Bishopbriggs schools Balmuildy Primary and Meadowburn Primary will now benefit from new pitches thanks to contributions from the private sector - secured through the planning process.

Members of the Place, Neighbourhood & Corporate Assets Committee agreed to progress with new pitches at a meeting on Thursday 29 November.

Councillors also received an update on the £1.45m pitch replacement programme, involving:

  • Castlehill Primary School, Bearsden
  • Baljaffray Primary School, Bearsden
  • Colquhoun Park Primary School, Bearsden
  • Clober Primary School, Milngavie
  • Craigdhu Primary School, Milngavie
  • Milngavie Primary School
  • Mosshead Primary School, Bearsden
  • Harestanes Primary School, Kirkintilloch
  • Gartconner Primary School, Kirkintilloch

Castlehill Primary's new Multi-Use Games Area pitch was officially opened in late 2017 (pictured), with work moving ahead on all the others involved in the programme.

Balmuildy Primary and Meadowburn Primary have now been added to the list thanks to additional funds secured from the private sector through the planning process. Consultation will take place with schools to identify the preferred pitch surface.

Committee members were also informed that work is continuing on a new synthetic rugby pitch and floodlighting for Lenzie Academy, again using contributions from the private sector. A full planning application will be submitted prior to any work progressing.

Councillor Billy Hendry, Convener of the Place, Neighbourhood & Corporate Assets Committee, said, "I am delighted that we have been able to add Balmuildy and Meadowburn to the Council's ambitious pitch replacement programme.

"I am also pleased to hear about the strides which have been made towards replacement pitches at schools in Bearsden, Milngavie, Lenzie and Kirkintilloch.

"The new facilities will greatly enhance outdoor physical education for our young people - opening up a world of opportunity for people of all sporting abilities, as well as improving health and wellbeing."

The Council’s 10-year Capital Investment Plan identified the need to upgrade a number of primary school pitches to more fit-for-purpose, all-weather surfaces.

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