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£1 fee agreed for squash site and kirk ruin

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By Fiona Reid
Lockerbie and Lochmaben
£1 fee agreed for squash site and kirk ruin

TWO sites in Lockerbie were this week transferred to community groups for just a £1 fee each.

Councillors on the finance, procurement and transformation committee agreed to the takeover of a 11,500 square metre site in Glasgow Road by Lockerbie Squash and Racketball Club.

A council spokesman said: “The club is located on alienable Common Good land on Glasgow Road in Lockerbie. Members agreed that the social value of having an all-year-round sports facility situated close to Lockerbie Academy and Lockerbie Ice Rink was of great community benefit and were impressed by the club’s drive to become greener and more sustainable.”

They also backed Tundergarth Kirk’s transfer request to take over the Tundergarth Memorial Room, located within Tundergarth Cemetery.

The room is dedicated to the victims of the Lockerbie Air Disaster and is used as a contemplative space for friends and families as well as visitors. The Auld Kirk Ruin will also form part of the transfer.

Annandale North Cllr Carolyne Wilson said: “I’m delighted the committee has agreed to progress these transfers today. Our council is committed to empowering communities and in agreeing these asset transfers, we are doing just that.

“All the organisations presented strong business cases and demonstrated their drive and commitment to using the properties for the benefit of local communities.”

Cllr Dougie Campbell added: “I was particularly impressed with Lockerbie Squash and Racketball Club considering environmental sustainability as part of their business plan. It’s vital that more businesses do this moving forward.”


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