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Sports Complex in 2 Years
PLANS to build a community and sports complex in Belmont and
Ochtrelure in Stranraer have been given a timescale of two
The project costing in the region of £3 million won public
backing at a meeting on Friday.
And, Sam Scobie, a lead figure in the project's initial stages,
made clear how seriously the development was being considered.
He told the meeting "In my opinion, although I have been told
that this is ambitious, I would like to see this project have
a timescale of 18 months to two years".
The 'Free Press' revealed a fortnight ago the plans to develop
an area of Ochtrelure next to the playing fields and turn
it into a complex with an indoor bowling rink, a football
pitch with stadium and a community facility. Now, the first
four members of a new Stranraer Millennium Trust have been
selected with more to follow.
Sproat said on Friday "It has always been our aspirations
to have a community centre in this area".
It would be designed to serve all the groups in the community
and he appealed to the public to get behind and support the
will have a centre that will be the envy of not only other
areas but also the rest of Scotland", he said.
convener on the project Alex Hanlin added "It would be a shame
if this went past because it really is the best chance that
we have to get it".
of the project Bob Chalmers outlined what was planned and
said that by bringing the three individual sides of the project
together - community, bowling and football - it would save
around £1 million.
said "The idea is to maximise the income to make sure the
building keeps going.
is not a white elephant and no-one is going to throw £3 million
at this if it will not stand up on its own two feet".