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By Fiona Reid
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Back the pool plan plea

A PLEA has been made to businesses and groups in the Lockerbie area to throw their backing behind a swimming pool for the town.

The Lockerbie Swimming Pool Trust are inviting groups, businesses or organisations large or small to sign a template letter – adding to it as they see fit – in support of a leisure centre for the town.
The letter begins: “We would like to register our support for Lockerbie Swimming Pool and Leisure Centre Trust.
“This project will provide a much needed sport and leisure venue in our community which is currently lacking.”
It then goes on to highlight the positives of having a pool in Lockerbie, from creating new jobs and improving residents’ health to offering a new life skill locally.
The letter adds: “The provision of this facility will greatly benefit the whole community of Mid and Upper Annandale attracting more people to the town.
“A large range of ages of user groups will participate in a multitude of activities such as swimming, lifesaving, fitness, quality family play, sport, social, community groups, health and therapeutic treatments and encourage the goodwill and involvement of the wider community in order to foster community spirit and encourage civic pride.”
Encouraging people to show their support, a spokeswoman for the pool group said: “Any letter would be used to strengthen our case with funders and would only be used for this purpose in line with date protection.
“Please feel free to add any other benefits to your group that may apply.”
The trust bought land at Glasgow Road from Dumfries and Galloway Council for £1 in January.
Planning permission was granted last year for the erection of a pool, leisure facilities, a cafe, car parking and access for the site behind Lockerbie Ice Rink.
And the trust has until June 2018 to start work.
Failure to begin by then could result in the council terminating their contract.
Meanwhile, the trust are currently working with a marketing team to develop a new logo, which will they will reveal to the public soon.
Printed copies of the template letter are available at Lockerbie Town Hall to fill in and a copy of the letter is also available on their Facebook page to copy, paste and complete before emailing a finished copy to [email protected].

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