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By Marc McLean, local democracy reporter
Annan and Eskdale
Annan land transfer decision due

A SPORTS club which was set up in Annan during the pandemic could potentially be gifted land by Dumfries and Galloway Council next week.

Members of Annan Petanque Club were already granted planning permission for a site at Seaforth Gardens in Annan last year to help them set up a base and develop the club.

Petanque is a French outdoor game, which is similar to bowls, and the Annan club president George Shepherd previously said that their facility will be open to the public, with the exception of event days when members would have exclusive access.

The land is part of the Annan Common Good and council chiefs are now asking councillors whether to agree a community asset transfer to Annan Petanque Club or get an alternative agreement in place.

A report produced for next week’s Annan Common Good Fund sub committee states: “Permission was granted by our council to allow Annan Petanque Club to build a petanque piste, with conditions attached that community access would be maintained.

“Common practice in these circumstances would be for the community body to request a lease of the area they wish to occupy through our community asset transfer policy and committee approval to be granted.

“Members (councillors) are asked to note Annan Petanque Club occupation of the area and agree how they would like to progress.

“Members may wish to pursue a community asset transfer of this land or offer a service level agreement to Annan Petanque Club for a set period of time.”

Meanwhile, the same report provides an update on Annan Harbour being taken into community ownership.

It reads: “Annan Harbour Action Group is following Dumfries and Galloway Council community asset transfer procedure, currently completing the stage two documentation.

“We will continue to support the group when needed and a report will presented at a future meeting of this committee.”

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